KIM JONG IL

  • 'Pentagon spy agency says N Korea can launch nuclear missile' April 12, 2013

    Washington: A Pentagon spy agency concluded with "moderate confidence" that North Korea has the ability to launch nucleararmed ballistic missiles but the weapons would probably be unreliable, officials said on Thursday. A study dated March by the Defense Intelligence Agency appeared to be the first time the Pentagon spy agency had...
  • Park wins South Korea presidency, to be first woman leader December 20, 2012

    Seoul: The daughter of a former military ruler won South Korea's presidential election on Wednesday and will become the country's first female leader, saying she would work to heal a divided society. The 60year old conservative, Park Geunhye, will return to the presidential palace in Seoul where she served as her...
  • N Korea: Kim Jongil to be immortalised January 13, 2012

    Seoul: The body of North Korea's late leader Kim Jongil, who died in December, will be on permanent display in a Pyongyang mausoleum alongside his father. The 69yearold leader is the second North Korean leader whose embalmed body will be on public display. The regime also plans to build his statue...
  • North Korea names Kim Jong Un Supreme Commander December 31, 2011

    Pyongyang: North Korea said on Saturday that Kim Jong Un has been officially named supreme commander of the military, further strengthening his authority after the death of his father. Officials and state media have bestowed on Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20s, a string of titles as North...
  • North Korea calls Kim Jong Un 'supreme leader' December 29, 2011

    Pyongyang: North Korea declared Kim Jong Il's son and successor "supreme leader" of the ruling party, military and the people during a memorial on Thursday for his father in the government's first public endorsement of his leadership. Kim Jong Un, head bowed and somber in a dark overcoat, stood on a...
  • N Koreans line streets for Kim Jong Il's funeral December 28, 2011

    Pyongyang (North Korea): Tens of thousands of North Koreans lined the snowy streets of Pyongyang on Wednesday, wailing and clutching their chests as a black hearse carrying late leader Kim Jong Il's body wound its way through the capital for a final farewell. The funeral procession from Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where...
  • Japan urges China to help keep North Korea in check December 26, 2011

    Beijing: Japan urged China on Monday to shoulder a big role in ensuring North Korea avoids volatility after the death of its leader, Kim Jongil. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda also urged Chinese President Hu Jintao to share information about developments in North Korea, where the succession of Kim's youngest son,...
  • China says confident in North Korea's new leader December 20, 2011

    Beijing: China on Monday voiced confidence in the new leader of its impoverished ally North Korea after his father Kim Jongil died, promising to support Pyongyang as it enters into a uncertain transition. "We feel incomparably anguished, and offer our deepest condolences to the entire North Korean people," said China's top...
  • North Korea testfired missile on Monday: Report December 19, 2011

    Seoul: North Korea testfired a shortrange missile on its eastern coast on Monday, the day its leader Kim Jongil's death was announced, South Korean media reported. An unnamed South Korean official was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying he did not believe the launch was linked to the announcement of...
  • Kim Jongil's son hailed as 'Great Successor' December 19, 2011

    Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jongil died of a heart attack, state media reported on Monday, sparking concern over who is in real control of the nuclear renegade state as his untested youngest son takes over the family dynasty. A tearful television announcer, dressed in black and her voice quavering, said...
  • Benetton yanks PopeImam kiss ad after protest November 17, 2011

    Vatican City: The Benetton clothing company withdrew an ad on Wednesday featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation. Benetton had said its "Unhate" campaign launched on Wednesday was aimed at fostering tolerance and...
  • China urges North Korea to improve US ties October 25, 2011

    Beijing: China asked ally North Korea to improve its strained ties with longtime foes the United States and South Korea, state media reported on Monday, as US and North Korean diplomats began talks about restarting negotiations on the North's nuclear programmes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told visiting Chinese Vice...
  • Hackers celebrate North Korea heir's birthday January 10, 2011

    Seoul: Hackers have attacked North Korea's official Youtube and Twitter accounts, posting a cartoon showing Kim Jongil's heir apparent driving a sports car into a crowd of starving countrymen. The cyberattack on Saturday, believed to be leaderinwaiting Kim Jongun's birthday, also called for an uprising against the communist nation's ruling dynasty. The...
  • North Korean team looks to appease leader Kim June 24, 2010

    Nelspruit (South Africa): Many jokes have been cracked about what may happen to the North Korean team when they return home to face communist leader Kim Jong Il after their exit from the World Cup. Following their 07 drubbing at the hands of Portugal, North Korea's coach Kim Jong Hun insisted...
  • We are ready for nuke talks: North Korea October 6, 2009

    Seoul: North Korea on Tuesday signalled it could return to nuclear disarmament talks it had declared dead six months ago, but a report it was near restoring its atomic plant underlined the secretive state would keep the stakes high. Leader Kim Jongil told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on a rare visit...
  • N Korea releases first visuals of failed rocketlaunch April 8, 2009

    Seoul, South Korea: Staterun television gave North Koreans their first glimpse of the country's "auspicious" rocket launch and of an apparently healthy leader Kim Jong Il mingling with farmers and watching bears at the zoo. What the TV didn't show on Tuesday was just as notable: footage of the "Dear Leader"...
  • Bush wants nuclear info from 'tyrant' N Korea December 7, 2007

    New Delhi: Six years after apostrophising North Korea a part of the axis of evil, and its President Kim Jong Il, a tyrant, US President George W Bush has made an unprecedented move. Bush has written a letter to the North Korean leader urging him to fully disclose his country's nuclear...
  • Pervez named 15th worst dictator February 12, 2007

    New Delhi: A widelycirculated American publication has listed Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf as one of world's worst dictators along side Kim JongIl of North Korea, Sayyid Ali Khamenei of Iran, Hu Jintao of China, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Than Shwe of Burma and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Gen Musharraf has...
  • North Korea sorry for nuke test October 20, 2006

    Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said Pyongyang didn't plan to carry out any more nuclear tests and expressed regret about the country's firstever atomic detonation last week, a South Korean news agency reported Friday. North Korea, however, kept up its bellicose rhetoric as more than 100,000 people gathered Friday...