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Kim Jong Il’s Body To Be Embalmed, Permanently Displayed In Memorial Palace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Thursday it will enshrine Kim Jong Il’s body in the palace housing his father, the national founder, deepening its veneration of the Kim dynasty as the country transfers power to a third generation of the family.

The country also said it will erect a new Kim Jong Il statue and build “towers to his immortality,” while the ruling party called him “eternal leader” and gave his birthday a new title that underlines his military-first policy and links him more closely to his father, Kim Il Sung, who is still revered as the “eternal president.”

The North’s state media have sought since Kim Jong Il’s death on Dec. 17 to show his son, Kim Jong Un, as a strong, confident military leader, but outside observers are watching to see if he can impose his will over the military and government as strongly as his father did during 17 years of absolute rule.

North Korea has quickly handed Kim Jong Un a slew of his father’s prominent titles and repeatedly connected him with his father and grandfather in an effort to add legitimacy to the young leader. North Korea also has stepped up propaganda praising Kim Jong Il’s works and vowed to uphold his policies in what is seen as an attempt to justify the hereditary power transfer.

On Thursday, the North’s state media called Kim Jong Il the “eternal leader” – reminiscent of his father’s title – and said his body will be displayed at Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where the embalmed body of Kim Il Sung has been lying since 1995, a year after he died. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Korea Open To Dialogue With North

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2012

(Reuters) – South Korea reached out to rival North Korea on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the death of the North’s iron-fisted ruler Kim Jong-il, saying it wanted to reopen dialogue despite the North’s vitriolic outbursts.

“We are open to dialogue with North Korea,” Foreign Minister

Kim Sung-Hwan told a news briefing in the South Korean capital, Seoul. “The ball is now in North Korea’s court.”

He said it appeared North Korea had not yet decided on its “postures in dealing with the outside world.”

“We are not in a position to tell what is happening in North Korea,” he added, saying Kim’s youngest son and chosen “great successor,” Kim Jong-un, appeared intent, for now, on exerting his influence over the military.

The outside world knows little about the North, and both the United States and its ally South Korea appeared to be caught off guard when state media announced Kim Jong-il’s death last month.

The North has closed its borders since Kim’s death, completely cutting it off from the outside world, although South Korean officials say they are unaware of any troubles in the hermit state.

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Kim Jong Il Funeral: Thousands Line Streets Of North Korea’s Pyongyang (Pictures) (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2011

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have lined the cold streets of Pyongyang to bid farewell to former leader Kim Jong Il, who died earlier this month aged 69.

His son and successor, Kim Jong Un, took the role of head mourner and state media showed him with one hand on the hearse with the other raised in salute.

He was accompanied in the procession through the snowy streets of the North Korean capital today by Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Il’s brother-in-law, who is expected to play a key role in the new regime.

“How can the sky not cry?” a weeping soldier standing in the snow told state TV. “The people… are all crying tears of blood.”

Kim Jong Il, who was known as the “dear leader” by his people, died on 17 December “from great mental and physical strain” on a train, according to state media.

He took power in 1994 after the death of his father Kim Il-Sung and was reported to have suffered a stroke in 2008. However he had appeared relatively healthy on recent trips around Asia, despite reports he may have been suffering from cancer.

Outside of North Korea Kim Jong Il will be remembered as a brutal leader who prioritised military growth over his own people’s welfare.

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Kim Jong Un Succession: Heir Called Head Of Workers’ Party Central Committee

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 26, 2011


Even CIA could not have enough informatio­n, so they were very careful:

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s state media on Monday called Kim Jong Il’s heir the head of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, a job that gives Kim Jong Un power over one of the country’s highest decision-making bodies more than a week after his father’s death.

The reference in a commentary by the North’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper came as a former South Korean first lady and a prominent business leader traveled with two private delegations to North Korea to pay respects to Kim Jong Il, who is being mourned by millions as the North prepares for his funeral Wednesday.

North Korean soldiers, Rodong Sinmun said, are upholding a slogan urging them to dedicate their lives “to protect the party’s Central Committee headed by respected comrade Kim Jong Un.” Kim Jong Il’s youngest son is in his late 20s and was unveiled in September 2010 as his father’s choice as successor.

The slogan, which state media had frequently used when rallying support for Kim Jong Il, suggests the heir will likely be appointed as Workers’ Party general secretary, the ruling party’s top job and one of the country’s highest positions.

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Lauded As ‘Supreme Leader’ Of Nation’s Military

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 25, 2011

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea on Sunday aired footage showing the uncle and key patron of anointed heir Kim Jong Un wearing a military uniform with a general’s insignia – a strong sign he’ll play a crucial role in helping the young man take over power and uphold the “military-first” policy initiated by his late father, Kim Jong Il.

The footage on state television shows Jang Song Thaek in uniform as he pays respects at Kim Jong Il’s body lying in state at Kumsusan Memorial Palace. Seoul’s Unification Ministry says it’s the first time Jang, usually seen in business suits, has been shown wearing a military uniform on state TV.

Little by little, North Korea is offering hints on the details of Kim Jong Un’s rise and the future composition of his inner circle as millions continue to mourn for his father, who died one week ago. North Korea has also begun hailing Kim Jong Un as “supreme leader” of the 1.2-million strong military as it ramps up its campaign to install him as ruler.

The new title, a public show of support from top military leadership and the symbolic appearance of Jang in uniform send a strong signal that the nation will maintain Kim Jong Il’s “military first” policy for the time being.

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First images of Kim Jong-Il body in glass coffin in North Korea

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

The pictures of Kim’s body wrapped in a shawl and encased in a glass tomb were broadcast as an 11-day period of national mourning began following his death from a heart attack on Saturday.

Placed in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, he is shown surrounded by red and white flowers with his head resting on a small white pillow.

Mourners in military uniforms are shown paying their respects, including his son and announced successor Kim Jong Un.

North Korea has announced that Kim’s funeral will be held on 28 December, and there were reports that Chinese president Hu Jintao will be the only foreigner in attendance.

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Kim Jung-who? Ten facts – or rumors – about North Korea’s new leader

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

Kim Jong-Un (AFP Photo / KCNA VIA KNS)

With the youngest son of the late “Supreme Leader” of North Korea set to take the reins of the world’s most secretive state, little is known about a man who has been described as an out-of-shape heavy drinker who is the spitting image of his father.

1. No one knows exactly how old Kim Jung-un is, though North Korean officials give his official birth date as January 8, 1984.

2.  Prior to 2010, only one grainy black-and-white photograph of the younger Kim existed outside North Korea.

3.  He is believed to have attended the International School of Berne in Switzerland until 1998 under an assumed name.

4.  Classmates said he was an avid lover of skiing, basketball and James Bond.

5.  According to an anonymous high-ranking North Korean source, once Kim got older and put on weight, he started playing 15-ball pool instead of basketball, the Seoul-based North Korea Strategy Information Service reports.

“The game of pool has become increasingly popular among North Koreans in the past five years, in large part thanks to Kim Jung-un being an avid player. He even installed four Chinese brand-name pool tables in his grand mansion,” the source said.   Read the rest of this entry »

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