» 02/15/2012, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Necrocracy in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-il becomes 'grand marshal'
The late dictator is raised to the highest rank in the armed forces. Like his father, the 'eternal president' who died in 1993, he gets a huge bronze equestrian statue.
29/02/2008 NORTH KOREA
Clapton invitation means Kim Jong-il has chosen his heir
Kim Jong-chul is the chosen one. First son from the Dear Leader’s fourth marriage, he is said to love the music of the American guitar player. Since last year he is deputy chairman of a leadership division of the Korean Workers' Party, the same post his father had before taking over.
15/04/2011 NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un staking succession on the ‘Day of the Sun’
Kim Jong-il’s third son is the heir designate to the throne of Pyongyang, but has not yet received the official investiture, which he desperately needs. After sponsoring real estate developments, he is betting his future on following in the footsteps of his grandfather Kim Il-sung, whose birthday today it is, in order to convince the people that he is different from his father and that he can save them from destruction.
09/05/2016 18:10:00 NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un to focus on nukes, burying his father’s legacy and any hope for peace
The Workers' Party of Korea is holding its first congress in 36 years. Dressed in tie and suit to honour his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the country’s young dictator rejects international demands, and asserts that North Korea is a responsible nuclear power. He also reasserts the regime’s principles of Juche and Songun, adding byungjin or dual-track approach to nuclear development.
15/02/2005 NORTH KOREA
Is Kim Jong-il preparing his succession or strengthening his hold on power?
There are different views but all agree that something is happening in Pyongyang.
In Pyongyang, people cry for food, not Kim
Source tells AsiaNews that the grief seen on national TV “is not linked to the dictator’s death” but rather to hunger, concern about the coming winter and fear of the future. People want peace and an end to an “era” that “was very dark”.
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