» 07/20/2012, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Purges, killings and new economy: Kim Jong-un's grab for real power
After taking over in December, the young dictator has had to put up with the generals. Now, with the sacking of the chief of General Staff, which led to a gun fight that might have killed and wounded 40 people, and the creation of a political bureau to run the economy, changes are coming to the top. A "final struggle" for power is underway, source tells AsiaNews.
21/12/2011 NORTH KOREA
North Korean soldiers stealing food from people, as everyone fears the worst
A source on the border with China tells AsiaNews, “Soldiers are hoarding all they can find in their barracks. People are starving to death because here you can live only with a rifle and some food.” Meanwhile, the power struggle for the dead leader’s throne picks up.
30/07/2012 NORTH KOREA
As Kim Jong-un plays in the park, uncle takes the country
Hamlet takes centre stage in Pyongyang. With North Korea's young dictator, Kim Jong-un, playing happy husband with wife at the amusement part for the greater joy of photographers, Uncle Jang Song-taek purges the top echelons of the regime to assert his power. However, he is taking big risks because North Koreans will not let a non-Kim rule them.
17/03/2010 NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-il grooms a "bulldog" as heir
On April 15 the portrait of Kim Jong-un, third son of North Korean dictator and heir apparent will be publically unveiled. But the father, who fears being murdered, at the same time is promoting another child and giving him the weapons to hold off the heir to the throne.
20/12/2004 NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-il's son escapes assassination attempt
The situation inside North Korea's leadership is increasingly confused.
28/09/2010 NORTH KOREA
Third Kim raised to the rank of general, mystery over the succession continues
The conference of the Workers' Party of Korea re-elects ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il as general secretary, accepts the appointment of his youngest son as a four-star general. No word has been said yet about Kim Jong-un’s official appointment as successor.
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