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North Korea Rocket Test: Launch Pad Set Despite Warnings Of Sanctions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 9, 2012

Comment: Every country or block trying to make themselves safe and powerful and not trying to make safe the whole world. From this point it could be difficult to blame this country only:

TONGCHANG-RI, North Korea — North Korean space officials have moved all three stages of a long-range rocket into position for a controversial launch, vowing to push ahead with their plan in defiance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pyongyang, North Korea, Rebuilds On The Home Front

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 31, 2012

“Split and rule” – everywhere the same principle in the politics:

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The sprawling site, which buzzes in the shadow of a giant bronze statue of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, looks at first like a high-security military installation.

Scores of soldiers march through a zone sealed off by green mesh fencing and checkpoints. A crew of about 1,000 soldiers and 2,000 police officers works around the clock, along with thousands more civilians in street clothes and hard hats, spurred on by billboards that rate their performance.

But they are not building tanks here at the foot of Mansu Hill, or weapons, except perhaps for a propaganda war. They are building 3,000 new apartments, a department store, schools and a theater, in the hope of selling a modern version of Pyongyang to the people of North Korea – albeit one that most will never get to see.

North Korea has long been known for its military-first policy, which in effect translated into a military-only policy with little room left for investment anywhere else. But now, without abandoning its focus on what it calls defense and the world calls defiance, it also appears to be trying to revive a dying economy and rebuild on the home front.

The stated aim of the reconstruction sweeping Pyongyang is to put North Korea on the path of being a “strong and prosperous nation” in time for the 100th anniversary of the birth of founder and president Kim Il Sung on April 15. But the campaign also serves another political purpose: It sets up Kim Jong Un as the new leader of a great people, just as a construction frenzy heralded his father’s ascension before him. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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 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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North Korea Experiences Construction Boom Ahead Of 2012 Events

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 24, 2011

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The capital of North Korea is going through a construction boom, and its biggest project in more than a decade started at the beginning of this month.

Associated Press Television News in North Korea on Friday showed a large area in the center of Pyongyang that has been turned into a huge construction site – part of an effort to build 100,000 new apartments in North Korea’s capital by 2012.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung and is seen as a highly significant year because Kim, who died in 1994, is considered to be the country’s “eternal president.”

North Korean authorities have set 2012 as a deadline for attaining the status of “a strong and prosperous nation.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s Next Leader, Attends State Celebrations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 10, 2010

No idea how this young leader will be able to face big challenge from South Korea and Co.?
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