December 19, 2011 |
SEOUL, South Korea - Kim Jong Il, 69, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died. His death was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, but he had appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media. The communist country's leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac, and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.
April 12, 2012 |
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea fueled up a rocket Wednesday in preparation for what appeared to be an imminent liftoff while the country's young leader strengthened his power with a new title, making him the nation's top political official. Kim Jong Un was named first secretary of the ruling Workers' Party, a new post, while his late father, longtime leader Kim Jong Il, was given the posthumous title of "eternal general secretary" at a special Workers' Party conference, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
December 20, 2011
By Bruce Klingner The weekend death of Kim Jong Il raises concerns about its impact on Pyongyang's ongoing leadership transition, regime stability, and North Korean security and foreign policies. Provocative North Korean behavior or military action is unlikely in the near term. But Seoul and Washington will be wary that Kim Jong Un, third son of Kim Jong Il and the next leader of North Korea, may feel it necessary in the future to precipitate a crisis to prove his mettle to other senior leaders or deflect attention from the regime's failings.
December 28, 2011 |
SEOUL, South Korea - Musicians in military garb played a mournful tune on state television in North Korea on Wednesday, as foreign media reported that the isolated country had begun a funeral for late leader Kim Jong Il. Russia's ITAR-Tass said in a short report that the ceremony began in the North's capital, with the first phase taking place at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where Kim's body was lying in state. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said earlier Wednesday that a hearse carrying Kim's body would be driven through the streets of Pyongyang.
June 5, 2012 |
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea's military warned Monday that troops have aimed artillery at the specific coordinates of South Korean media groups as Pyongyang threatened a "merciless sacred war" over perceived insults. The North Korean statement, which expresses outrage over South Korean media criticism of ongoing children's festivals in Pyongyang, is the latest in a series of threats aimed at Seoul's conservative government and news agencies after the December death of Kim Jong Il, the father of new leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea has not yet acted on its threats.
December 27, 2011 |
BEIJING - President Hu Jintao of China met with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan here Monday and discussed how the two nations could work together to "maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula," according to Xinhua, the state news agency. The meeting was the first between Hu and a leader of another East Asian nation since North Korea announced the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il, underscoring the widespread questions about the North's course without its cultlike head of state.
February 28, 2013 |
WATCH OUT, North Korea, we've sent over our ultimate weapon. No, we're not talking about nuclear missiles or drones. Nothing so ho-hum. We're talkin' ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, the explosive rebound machine, who won five league titles in his 14-year career. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday along with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a TV crew from VICE media that is shooting a special for HBO. "Is sending the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman to [North Korea]
December 9, 2010
You have to wonder if there will ever be a generation of Americans who aren't concerned about the war-threatening antics of North Korea. The Korean War effectively ended with a truce in 1953, but 57 years later, North Korea remains belligerent. Why can't it be like Vietnam, which, 35 years after the war there ended, has become a U.S. trade partner with lofty ambitions to become an economic power in Asia? Vietnam, when it was divided, was also China's protégé. But while North Korea is as dependent on China as it ever was for food and fuel, Vietnam has stretched that cord.
January 9, 2012
Former Pakistani leader to return KARACHI, Pakistan - Former President Pervez Musharraf announced Sunday that he would return to Pakistan this month and prepare for elections, something that could add to political turbulence in an already tense atmosphere in the country. On Saturday, state prosecutors said they planned to detain the former army chief on charges he failed to provide security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007. While much remains unpredictable, commentators have speculated that the army will not allow Musharraf to be arrested, setting up fresh conflict between it and the unpopular government of President Asif Ali Zardari.
March 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday that it would strengthen the country's defenses against a possible attack by nuclear-equipped North Korea, fielding additional missile systems to protect the West Coast at a time of growing concern about the Stalinist regime. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he would add 14 missile interceptors in Alaska, a roughly 50 percent increase over the current number there and in California. The estimated $1 billion expansion represents a policy shift for the Obama administration, which had shelved earlier plans to expand the mainland defense system.