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Day of the Sun: North Korea marks Kim Il-sung’s birthday

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have turned out to pay tribute to their leaders. The most important day in the country’s ritual calendar, 15 April is called the Day of the Sun, the anniversary of the 1912 birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung Continue reading...
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Tourist numbers double at North Korea marathon

Twice as many foreigners as last year gathered in Pyongyang Sunday for the city's annual marathon, tour firms said, as reduced tensions see visitor numbers rise in isolated North Korea. The event -- part of the celebrations for the anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung's birth in 1912 -- is the highlight of the North's tourism calendar and offers the chance to run or jog through the streets of the tightly-controlled city. Around 950 Westerners entered the event, according to market leader Koryo T...
Tags: News, North Korea, Pyongyang, Kim Il Sung, Koryo Tours


US deploys monitoring aircraft over fears North Korea is preparing to launch rocket

The US has forward deployed a specialist missile reconnaissance aircraft to Japan, apparently out of concern that North Korea is preparing to launch a rocket.  The US Air Force RC-135S aircraft - known as a Cobra Ball - arrived at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa on Saturday evening, the JoongAng newspaper reported on Monday. It flew to Japan from the Indian Ocean base of Diego Garcia after monitoring an anti-satellite missile test conducted by the Indian military.  The US Air Force operates three of ...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, North Korea, China, Russia, US, Kim Jong Un, UN Security Council, Kim, Donald Trump, Seoul, United Nations Security Council, Pyongyang, US Air Force, Indian Ocean


Kim Jong-un absent from North Korea election announcement

Kim Jong-un was not on the list of 687 candidates elected to the North Korean parliament in Sunday’s election, state media announced on Tuesday, although his sister was voted into the rubber-stamp parliament. No reason has been given for Mr Kim’s absence from the ballot, five years after he was elected in the previous vote as head of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Every candidate who did run in the election was returned with 100 percent of the vote in their constituencies, including Kim Yo-jung, M...
Tags: News, North Korea, Tokyo, North, Kim, Donald Trump, Pyongyang, Hanoi, Lee, Kim Jong, Mrs Lee, KCNA, Waseda University, Kim Il Sung, Ed Jones, Supreme People s Assembly


Jimmy Carter Willing To Travel To North Korea To Help Broker A Deal

Former President Jimmy Carter, who once brokered a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, is offering his services to the Trump administration to help push negotiations forward. According to a Thursday Politico report, Carter (age 94) no longer travels, but told Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) that he would make the trek if President Donald Trump asked him. In 1994, Carter met with Kim Il Sung and the two leaders hammered out a detailed plan to work towards peace and denuclearization....
Tags: South Korea, News, North Korea, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Donald Trump, Hanoi, Trump, Carter, Robert Malley, Kim Il Sung, Ro Khanna, Kate Riga


A map of Kim Jong-un’s slow train trip to Vietnam

Kim Jong-un is already travelling for his summit with Trump on WednesdayRather than flying, he's taking a 60-hour train trip through ChinaThe trip is a closely-guarded secret, but this map shows the most likely itinerary This Wednesday and Thursday, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump will have their second summit in the Vietnam. But while the U.S. president is still in DC, North Korea's Great Leader is already en route. That's because Kim is covering the distance between Pyongyang and Hanoi by slow...
Tags: Transportation, North Korea, China, Beijing, United States, Foreign Policy, Innovation, Bangladesh, Un, Kim, Vietnam, Map, Donald Trump, Pyongyang, Dhaka, Hanoi


Do you want fries with your North Korea-US summit?

One of the closest things to an example of American culture in Pyongyang is the Green Leaf Coffee Shop -- the top burger joint in the North Korean capital. Across the road from the April 25 Culture House -- named for the day the North's founder Kim Il Sung set up anti-Japanese guerrilla forces -- it overlooks the showpiece Ryomyong Street development his grandson and current leader Kim Jong Un opened in 2017. The 1970s-style decor is predominantly brown, pictures of the Kimilsungia and Kimjong...
Tags: News, Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang, North Korea US, Kim Il Sung, Kimilsungia, Culture House, Ryomyong Street, Green Leaf Coffee Shop


Traveling to Meet Trump, Kim Jong-un Takes the Long Route

Not wanting to take a Chinese plane to Vietnam, the North Korean leader is crossing China by train instead, in the same style as his grandfather.
Tags: News, North Korea, China, United States, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Vietnam, Railroads, Trump, Kim Jong, Politics And Government, Donald J, United States International Relations, Hanoi (Vietnam, Kim Il-sung


North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold

The Day of the Shining Star dawned bitterly cold in Pyongyang. Kim, the son of the isolated North's founder Kim Il Sung and the father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un, was born on February 16. According to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, he came into the world in 1942, in a snow-covered hut at a secret camp on the slopes of Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people, where his father was fighting occupying Japanese forces.
Tags: News, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Pyongyang, Kim Il Sung, Mount Paektu, Shining Star


The Korean Miracle

Opinion The Korean Miracle USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Callista and I spent last weekend in Seoul, South Korea on a whirlwind trip from Rome. The experience reminded me what a miracle modern South Korea is. I spoke to the Washington Times-sponsored Universal Peace Federation’s World Summit. The conference itself was fascinating, having drawn more than 2,000 people including current and former heads of state. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and I talked at the opening plenary session. Former Con...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Guns, Washington, North Korea, Samsung, America, Taiwan, Rome, United States, United Nations, Korea, Army, Un, UN Security Council, Republican Party


Kim Jong-un's new year message warns of 'new path' if sanctions stay

North Korean leader says he hopes to continue denuclearisation talks but accuses US of breaking promisesThe North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he hopes to continue denuclearisation talks with Donald Trump in 2019 but used his New Year’s address to warn that he could be forced to take a “new path” if the US persists with sanctions against his regime.Wearing a dark suit and seated on a leather armchair in front of portraits of his predecessors – his father, Kim Jong-il, and grandfather Kim I...
Tags: South Korea, North Korea, US, Asia Pacific, Kim Jong-un, Kim, Donald Trump, Kim Jong, Kim Il Sung


Inside North Korea: How Kim Jong-un is carefully crafting a personality cult to keep grip on power

The tiny five-year-olds, dressed in pink tutus and bright, sequined shirts, were angelic as they sang in perfect chorus at the end of a half hour performance at the Changgwang kindergarten in downtown Pyongyang. Singing in harmony and clapping in unison, the smiling infants performed their catchy melody: “Our father is General Kim Il Sung…our home is our party…We envy nothing in the world.” Visitors to the modern and well-equipped boarding school leave with an image of idyllic childhood after se...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, UK, News, North Korea, Singapore, US, America, Korea, Jesus, Kim, Donald Trump, Busan, Seoul, Pyongyang, Marshall


Fires of passion: North Korea holds torch parade

Thousands of North Koreans wielding burning torches and shouting slogans filled Kim Il Sung square Monday in celebration of the country's 70th birthday. North Korea's torch parades are a unique spectacle, a display of formation marching and running and that requires strict discipline from the participants. "Long live the Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un," they went on, referring to the third generation of the family to rule the country.
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S. Korea’s Moon asks Indonesia’s help for inter-Korea peace

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked his Indonesian counterpart on Monday to support efforts to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Indonesia has historical ties with North Korea. Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, was a friend of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. […]
Tags: News, Indonesia, Moon, Korea, Seoul South Korea, Kim Jong, Kim Il Sung, Nation & World, Moon Jae, Sukarno, North Korea Indonesia, Korean Peninsula Indonesia


Tears as North and South Koreans meet after decades

With tears and cries, dozens of elderly and frail South and North Korean family members met on Monday for the first time since the peninsula and their relationships were torn apart by war nearly 70 years ago. Many of the North Korean women were clad in traditional dresses, known as hanbok in the South and joseon-ot in the North, and all had the ubiquitous badges of the North's founder Kim Il Sung or his son and successor Kim Jong Il, while the Southerners wore their best suits. As soon as 99-y...
Tags: News, North, South, Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Sung


Guest Review: Star of the North

Summary: A propulsive and ambitious thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and the North Korean citizens with whom she forms an unlikely allianceStar of the North opens in 1998, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twelve years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in Nor...
Tags: South Korea, Books, New York, North Korea, United States, John, Cia, Soo, Kim Jong, Jenna, Georgetown University, Cho, Kim Il Sung, Julie P, John This, Booking Pap Pap


Kim Jong-un opts for potato farm visit over Mike Pompeo meeting

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, appears to have opted to visit a potato farm instead of meeting Mike Pompeo when the US Secretary of State was in Pyongyang over the weekend for the latest round of discussions on the future of the Korean Peninsula.  Mr Pompeo arrived in the North Korean capital on July 6 - but his three-day visit was ignored by the North Korean dictator.  Mr Pompeo’s aides were largely kept in the dark about the schedule for the visit, including where they would be staying,...
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Kim Jong-un 'erases his father and grandfather' from new mandatory national oath

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has introduced a new national oath playing down the achievements of his father and grandfather and instead praising his own ideology and leadership. The oath, which must be recited by all citizens, was originally introduced in the 1970s, when Kim Il-sung, the founder of the nation and the grandfather of the present dictator, exercised control over the nation. The oath was made up of 10 articles that extolled the wisdom and greatness of Mr Kim and, after his ...
Tags: News, Washington, North Korea, Singapore, US, Kim, Donald Trump, Seoul, Trump, State, Kim Jong, Korean Peninsula, Madeleine Albright, Kim Il, Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Sung


Life inside North Korea: the power of Juche explained - video

On a rare press trip to Pyongyang, we were given a guided tour of the Juche Tower. The flame-topped structure is a symbol of Juche, the philosophy of the ruling Korean Workers' party, which was invented by Kim Il-sung, one of the country’s 'eternal leaders' and grandfather of Kim Jong-un. Juche is the ideology of self-reliance that for a time sustained the economy until stagnation Continue reading...
Tags: North Korea, World news, Cities, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Pyongyang, Kim Jong, Kim Il Sung, Juche, Korean Workers


From the archive: the latest threats of North Korea's Kim Il-Sung – 14 June 1975

14 June 1975: Pyongyang seems to fear a miscalculation by Washington just as much as Washington fears a miscalculation by PyongyangHow seriously should one regard official North Korean warnings that “War may break out at any moment”? President Kim Il-Sung of North Korea has just returned to Pyongyang after a round of visits to friendly capitals in Asia, Europe and Africa where he sought to impress his hosts with the danger of war. Related: Was Kim Il-Sung a closet peacenik? Continue reading....
Tags: Washington, North Korea, Africa, US foreign policy, Asia Pacific, Pyongyang, Kim Il Sung, Asia Europe


28 photos that show North Korea's obsession with huge, odd buildings

The world's attitude toward North Korea tends to swing between playful mocking and genuine horror. On June 12, President Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a highly-anticipated summit. Taking place in Singapore, the meeting will focus on persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.  Like dictatorships before it — namely Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia — North Korea tends to embody its dictatorial nature through its architecture. There's the country's fondness for p...
Tags: South Korea, North Korea, Germany, Singapore, Trends, Korea, Pyongyang, Trump, Workers Party, Kim Jong, Kim Il Sung, Russia North korea, Ryugyong Hotel, Downtown Pyongyang


Singapore Postcard: Summit adds value to North Korea’s coins

SINGAPORE (AP) — Stamped with images of “Eternal President” Kim Il Sung, national monuments or even ballistic missiles, coins minted in North Korea are renowned among collectors for their scarcity, partly due to international sanctions that outlaw them from being auctioned. Now collectors in Singapore who have spent tens of thousands of dollars acquiring the […]
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Who is Ri Chun-hee, North Korea's melodramatic star newsreader who announced Kim's trip to Singapore

When North Korea's government told its public about leader Kim Jong-un's upcoming "historic meeting" in Singapore with Donald Trump, the US president, the announcement fell inevitably to Ri Chun-hee . Mrs Ri, who has been reading the news on North Korean state television since 1971, revealed the news that Kim had landed in the Asian city-state 3,000 miles south of Pyongyang in her usual quavering, triumphant tones.  In a seven minute morning bulletin she told North Koreans that their l...
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“One Day This Door is Going to Open”: A Review of “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang” (Documentary)

Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015) is probably the documentary to be seeing right now, made timely once again not just by the fact that it gives us a deep view of what was arguably the prelude to the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, but also because it shows us how the… Read More “One Day This Door is Going to Open”: A Review of “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang” (Documentary)
Tags: North Korea, Singapore, Diplomacy, Anthropology, Nba, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Donald Trump, Pyongyang, Dennis Rodman, Dprk, Kim Jong, Daniel Pinkston, Vin Baker, Donald J. Trump, Kim Il-sung


Without US troops, would the North invade South Korea?

Would the United States go to war in Korea if the North launched a conventional invasion of the South, and there were no U.S. troops in South Korea to be threatened with death or capture? The answer is highly relevant if the U.S. withdraws the 23,000 troops we have stationed in South Korea, as President Trump proposed in bargaining with South Korea over trade last year. In 1950, the United States withdrew the troops we had stationed in South Korea after WWII. Secretary of State Dean Acheson said...
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No missiles but ballet as North Korea's Kim puts on a show

By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - Kim Jong Un hobnobbed with a visiting Chinese ballet troupe as he capped a weekend of celebrations in the North Korean capital that conspicuously lacked a show of military might that marked many previous festivals. The festivities surrounded the April 15 "The Day of the Sun", the anniversary of the birth of the founder of North Korea and the Kim dynasty, Kim Il Sung, in 1912. Past festivals also featured various cultural and economic displays, but the absence o...
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Construction is booming in North Korea, but who's paying?

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Beachfront, five-star hotels? Skyscrapers just blocks from Kim Il Sung Square?North Korea is racing forward with major development projects some experts believe are aimed at expanding a market for rented... [Author: [email protected]]
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All abroad: Kim dynasty's travels on armour-plated trains

The North Korean train that arrived in Beijing this week looked remarkably similar to one used by the North's late leader Kim Jong Il, its olive-green exterior and yellow stripe prompting intense speculation his son and successor Kim Jong Un was on board. According to the official North Korean account, he was on a train for a "field guidance" visit in 2011 when he died of a heart attack. For security reasons, three identical trains were deployed for every overseas trip by Kim Jong Il and Kim I...
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The Saturday Profile: Shining a Cleansing Light on China’s Dark Secrets

The historian Shen Zhihua says the Communist Party should relax. “I would say: ‘Those mistakes were made in the past, not now, and we need to learn from our mistakes.’”
Tags: News, China, Communist Party, Nixon, Mao Zedong, Communist Party of China, Cold War Era, Archives and Records, Richard Milhous, Cultural Revolution, Kim Il-sung, Shen Zhihua