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"Since then the term "comrade" was used to signify the wife of either Kim Il Sung or Kim Jong Il." Ri's new title places her "more within Western norms and helps remove some of the old communist vestiges of the past," Stangarone said. He added that Kim's decision to send his sister, Kim Yo Jong, to ...
Her celebrity caught the attention of Kim Jong-il, the son of then-North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. His father's minister of propaganda and a film fanatic, Kim Jong-il ordered Choi's abduction from Hong Kong, starting an eight-year ordeal that would only end after she and Shin made a dramatic escape.

While a cult of personality, marked by total loyalty to the honorable people, has existed since the 1940s around men in the Kim family -- former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un -- Kim wives don't necessarily get the same title. Reports started to swirl that Ri Sol-ju got the update ...
"Thank you for coming. I am King Jong Il," said the North Korean young leader in a khaki jumper with curly hair back in January 1978, when he greeted Choi Eun-hee who set her feet in North Korea after being kidnapped in Hong Kong. There was rumor within South Korea that Kim Jong Il was in a vegetative state in ...
A South Korean actress, once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for the state, has died at 92. Choi Eun-hee was a leading actress in the South when she was kidnapped under the orders of then-leader Kim Jong-il in the late 1970s. Her ex-husband, a famous film director, was ...
A SOUTH KOREAN actress who was once kidnapped by the North's agents on the orders of late leader Kim Jong-Il in a Cold War-style intrigue and forced to make movies for the regime has died aged 91, according to her family. Choi Eun-hee was the South's most famous actress for decades before being ...

Ko Yong Hui, mother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shows a jacket she said she made by hand for Kim Jong Il. (Photo from the internal document "Great ... She was said to have undergone shooting training to protect Kim Jong Il. (Photo from the internal document "Great mother of military-first Korea.
The president criticized his predecessors for not having done so themselves, despite the fact that former president Jimmy Carter met Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung and Bill Clinton met Kim's father Kim Jong Il after the end of their respective presidential terms—but remained optimistic about what the meeting ...
Thousands of North Koreans gathered in locations across Pyongyang Monday to dance in celebration of late leader Kim Jong-il. Men in suits and women in the traditional high-waisted, formless dresses known as hanbok in the South and joseon-ot in the North assembled in formation, squatting patiently ...
When Kim sought to succeed his father Kim Jong Il in late 2011, there was no guarantee he would be successful. North Korea had already seen power handed down one generation, from the country's founder Kim Il Sung to Kim Jong Il, but the current leader's father was a well-known and powerful figure in ...
“It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il-sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong-il,” China's Xinhua News quoted Kim as saying. “The issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved if South ...
A New York Times report from 2002 said that memoirs by former Russian official Konstantin Pulikovsky purported that Kim Jong Il had his train conducted by beautiful women and loaded with extravagant dishes and wine. ''It was possible to order any dish of Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and French ...
“Kim knows the negotiations cannot fully succeed without China's support. China's involvement will make any solution more viable.” Some analysts said Mr. Kim was repeating a pattern set by his father, Kim Jong-il, who visited China shortly before his 2000 summit meeting with South Korea's then-president ...
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il, right, and Konstantin Pulikovsky, the Russian President's representative in the Far East, center, look at a photo of Larisa Denezhko, left, greeting his father and predecessor, Kim Il Sung, during a visit to the Soviet Union 13 years ago, after he crossed the Russian-North ...
A distinctive green train has arrived in Beijing, sparking speculation that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was on board. It would be Kim's first trip abroad since succeeding his father in 2011. The train, which also has yellow stripes, is similar to that used by Kim Jong-il. China's foreign ministry has not ...
The arrival in Beijing of the deep green train with yellow piping used exclusively by the ruling Kim family generated a lot of speculation before it was confirmed it had carried leader Kim Jong-un on his first trip outside of North Korea since taking power upon the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December ...
That additional weight translates to a slow ride. The trains are estimated to reach a maximum speed of just 37 miles per hour. In Kim Jong-il's time, according to the 2009 report, 100 security officers traveled in the advance train, searching stations for bombs and other threats and testing the safety of the track. Kim Jong-un

Both Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, the current leader's father and grandfather respectively, traveled by heavily armored train when they visited their allies in China and Russia. The South Korean government also said it couldn't confirm whether the North Korean leader was in Beijing. If he was, Moon's ... Kim Jong-un
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2009, file photo distributed by the North Korean government, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, sits with then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il for a photo in Pyongyang, North Korea. With just weeks to go before it's all supposed to happen, there's still no official word on where U.S. ... Kim Jong-un
With apologies to anyone who was hoping my earlier two reviews were the result of being an all-around miserable person who is incapable of enjoyment: I really liked Bend It Like Beckham! Even watching it for the first time in 2018, everything about Bend It Like Beckham evokes the early 2000s. (And not ... Kim Jong-un
It was a lipstick charm offensive waged with the beguiling smile of a dictator's sister and the beaming countenances of his loyal cheerleaders. But away from the theatrics of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the case of two other young Asian women, on trial for their lives in Malaysia, exposes a chillingly ... Kim Jong-un
North Korea marked the national holiday of late leader Kim Jong Il's birthday with modest celebratory events compared to the past. Its current leader, Kim Jong Un, paid tribute to his late father's mausoleum at Kumsusan Palace in Pyongyang on Friday just after midnight, its state-run Korean Central News ... Kim Jong-un
The event was attended by You Hok Kry, First Vice-President of the National Assembly, and a lot of VIPs from the Cambodian government and the North Korean community in Cambodia. Jang Yun Gon, North Korea's ambassador to Cambodia. A performance to honour Kim Jong-il. Jang Yun Gon, North ... Kim Jong-un
... like Kim Jong Un, and is believed to have attended Kim Il Sung University and a European school for her higher education. Kim Yo Jong is believed to be the youngest of seven siblings that their father, Kim Jong Il, had with four women. Kim Jong Un and Kim Yo Jong have the same mother, Ko Yong Hui. Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong Un hasn't set foot outside North Korea or met a single head of state since he assumed power upon the death of their father, Kim Jong Il, in late 2011. His single-minded pursuit of a nuclear arsenal to counter what he sees as the threat of invasion by the United States has ratcheted up tensions not ... Kim Jong-un
Ms. Kim, 30, has emerged as an important player in her brother's government since Mr. Kim replaced their father, Kim Jong-il, as supreme leader in 2011. She is believed to be a deputy director of the ruling Workers' Party's Department of Propaganda and Agitation, a key post in the propaganda-heavy ... Kim Jong-un
Trigger happy Kim has staged a series of pricey nuke trials since taking over as leader after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011. But sources in China with ... One source said: “Due to Kim Jong Un's extravagant spending, the slush fund from his father, Kim Jong Il, is running out. “We can speculate that ... Kim Jong-un
Lee Young-guk, who was one of the Kim Jong Il's personal bodyguards for 11 years, told ABC News' Bob Woodruff that the man who has drawn worldwide censure for rapidly advancing his country's nuclear weapons program lashed out as a young man. “He was stressed and had no one to play with his ... Kim Jong-un
A new year, a new look for Kim Jong-un? For his New Year's speech, Mr. Kim, the leader of North Korea, traded his usual atonal, Mao-collared outfits for what looked like the sort of silver-gray suit and matching tie that come straight from the elder statesmen costume department. It was a choice seemingly ... Kim Jong-un
... Kim Jong Suk, the grandmother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Jong Suk was the first wife of Kim Il Sung, the leader of North Korea when it was established in 1948. Jong Suk was born on Christmas Eve 1917 and died in 1949. She is the mother of Kim Jong Il, who led the rogue state until his death ... Kim Jong-un
... walls in 2018, but the birthday of the country's leader is not included as an official state holiday. Kim Jong Un's birth date, January 8, is not shown on the calendar produced by the country's Foreign Languages Publishing House, six years after he ascended to power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong-un
North Korea is marking the 6th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong Un. The country's leadership is expected to use the anniversary on Sunday to call for further loyalty to the younger Kim, by hailing the progress made in nuclear and missile development as one of his ... Kim Jong-un
Science Worship. Mr. Kim has elevated science as an ideal in the regime's propaganda and put his fondness for scientists and engineers on prominent display across North Korea. That is a departure from the practice of his predecessor and father, Kim Jong-il, who instead emphasized cinema and the arts ... Kim Jong-un
Ms. Kim is the youngest child of Kim Jong-il, the North's second leader, who died in 2011. She and Kim Jong-un studied in Switzerland as teenagers, using aliases. With a high forehead and sometimes aloof expression, Ms. Kim resembles her father more than her grandfather, the revered North Korean ... Kim Jong-un
Since Kim Jong-il died in 2011, North Korea has been holding annual commemorative events with massive public displays of remembrance. On the anniversary of his death, officials visit the Kumsusan Palace, where Kim Jong-il's body lies in state, and they attend a memorial ceremony. On Sunday, the ... Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-il died on December 17 2001, paving the way for his son to take control in the hermit state. And experts fear a symbolic event could be planned for the anniversary on Sunday. Kim Jong-il and his father Kim il-Sung, founding member of North Korea's current dictatorial dynasty, are seen as ... Kim Jong-un
California's James Martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies research associate Shea Cotton said he didn't believe this image of Kim Jong-il was accidentally released as part of some sort of slip-up. Mr Cotton said it appears the late Kim was standing over some sort of weapon but it was difficult to tell from ... Kim Jong-un
Worrying snap emerges in old footage of former leader Kim Jong-il. Footage released by the regime appears to show a ... WORRYING footage has emerged of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il inspecting what appears to be an atomic bomb. The photo of Kim Jong-un's dad looking at the device was ... Kim Jong-un
In celebration of his most recent missile launch, supreme leader Kim Jong Un of North Korea visited Mount Paektu, a sacred, inactive volcano where his father, Kim Jong Il, was supposedly born in 1942. Last week, North Korea launched its most powerful intercontentinal ballistic missile to date, proving that ... Kim Jong-un
The leader, who took over for his father Kim Jong Il in late 2011, fired back by calling Trump a “barking dog” and said the president would “pay ... Kim Jong-un
Mr. Bush once told senators that Mr. Kim's father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, was a “pygmy” who acted like “a spoiled child at the dinner table ... Kim Jong-un
Thousands of people marched through the square, past portraits of Mr Kim's predecessors, his father and grandfather Kim Jong-Il and Kim ... Kim Jong-un
NORTH Korea was plunged into a state of mourning six years ago when its beloved Generalissimo Kim Jong-il died. But how did Kim Jong-un's ... Kim Jong-un
His dad Kim Jong-il built a huge base in Mount Baekdusan near China in case of an attack. Grandad Kim Il-Sung, the country's founder, used a ... Kim Jong-un
After he replaced his father, Kim Jong-il, in late 2011, many North Korea analysts dismissed Kim as unfit to lead. Those doubts were borne of a ... Kim Jong-un
Unlike your father Kim Jong-il, who took the throne in late middle age and died 17 years later, you came to it before your 30th birthday. Yours is ... Kim Jong-un
His half brother had been favourite to succeed Kim Jong-il before he fell out of favour after a failed attempt to visit Tokyo Disneyland on a fake ... Kim Jong-un
Initially, North Korea watchers expected Kim Jong Il's eldest son, Kim Jong Nam, to succeed him, but he was sidelined after his father left his ... Kim Jong-un
... third-generation hereditary leader, has already launched more missiles this year, 18, than his father, Kim Jong-il, did in his lifetime, at 16. Kim Jong-un
I went to North Korea several years ago as part of a diplomacy mission. We didn't know it for sure at the time, but Kim Jong Il, the “Dear Leader,” ... Kim Jong-un


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