Kim Jong-Il - updates

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Low-key celebrations for North Korea's founder in face of virus

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Pyongyang has imposed tight restrictions against the pandemic that has swept the world since emerging in neighboring China

108TH BIRTHDAY. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, known as the 'Day of the Sun', in Pyongyang on April 15, 2020. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

North Korea solidifies Kim Jong-un's 'monolithic' power

Aug 30, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Supreme People's Assembly, the North's rubber-stamp parliament, approves a series of constitutional changes to ensure what the legislature's head Choe Ryong-hae called Kim's 'monolithic guidance'

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers who volunteered to work at branch schools on islands and schools in forefront line and mountainous areas, in Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Kim gains more power in North Korea leadership shuffle

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Kim Jong-un acquires a new title, and now becomes 'the supreme representative of all the Korean people' – a newly-created role that observers say makes him more like a modern national leader

MORE POWER. This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Kim Jong Il officially remains as the enternal general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea

South Korean actress once kidnapped by North dies at 91

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Choi Eun-hee was South's most famous actress for decades before being brazenly abducted by North Korean spies in Hong Kong in 1978 at the request of the North's then leader-in-waiting Kim Jong Il, an avid film fan

CHOI EUN-HEE. This picture taken on April 16, 2018 shows a portrait of South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee on a mourning altar at a hospital in Seoul. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Speculation on Kim visit to China rife as train departs

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) If confirmed, it would mark Kim's first trip abroad since coming to power in 2011

BEIJING VISIT? This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 2, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with participants of the fourth conference of active secretaries of primary organisations of the youth league of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. / KCNA via KNS/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam murder suspect 'hired for multiple pranks' – lawyer

Feb 09, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Defense lawyers argue the women were recruited to take part in what they thought were prank TV shows but were instead tricked into becoming inadvertent assassins, in an elaborate plot by a group of North Korean agents

MURDER TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (R) is escorted by Malaysia police during a court appearance with Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (not pictured) at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

South Korea's Moon to meet North's head of state, Kim's sister – Seoul

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) President Moon Jae-In will have lunch with the high-level delegation Pyongyang is sending for the Winter Olympics

TOP LEADERS. This file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R), followed by President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-Nam (2nd L), walking on a balcony of the Grand People's Study House after watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP

Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for North's missile developers

May 19, 2017 - 3:53 PM

People s enthusiastic welcome for defense science warriors says a front page headline in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper

HERO'S WELCOME. This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 19, 2017 shows developers of the ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 waving to people on their arrival in Pyongyang on May 18. File photo by KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

5 hal mengenai Kim Jong-Nam, saudara tiri Kim Jong-Un yang tewas terbunuh

Feb 19, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Walau terlahir dari ayah yang sama Kim Jong Il tetapi Kim Jong Nam dan Kim Jong Un dibesarkan secara terpisah

MASA KECIL. Foto Kim Jong-Nam ketika masih kecil yang duduk bersama sang ayah, Kim Jong-Il dalam foto keluarga pada tanggal 19 Agustus 1981. Foto oleh AFP

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 04 May 2016, 8PM

May 04, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Duterte reveals more bank certificates. NPA releases the 4 remaining prisoners of war. North Korean media hails Kim Jong-Un as “Great Sun of the 21st Century”.

North Korea's Kim Il-Sung remembered as hero, brutal dictator

Apr 15, 2015 - 9:26 AM

Human Rights Watch: While celebrations occur in Pyongyang the world should remember the truly horrific human rights legacy of Kim Il Sung

MEMORIAL. An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 30 November 2014 shows a general view of the setup of North Korean former leaders' monumental statues, Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il (R), at the command unit of the air and anti-air forces in North Korea. EPA/KCNA

Fireworks and promotions mark late North Korea leader's birthday

Feb 16, 2015 - 1:35 PM

The anniversaries of the births and deaths of Kim Jong Il and his father the country s founding leader Kim Il Sung are major holidays on the annual North Korean calendar

A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 13 February 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waving to construction workers at an event in Pyongyang, North Korea, 12 February 2015. KCNA/EPA

US calls movie studio hack a national security breach

Dec 19, 2014 - 10:41 AM

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the attack which sees hackers gaining access to a trove of internal Sony documents was carried out by a sophisticated actor

AFTER THE HACK. A file photo dated 25 May 2004 showing cars seen entering and exiting the gates of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Studios in Culver City, California, USA. File Photo by Brendan McDermid/EPA

South Korean MP to visit North Korea for Kim death anniversary

Dec 15, 2014 - 3:18 PM

A senior South Korean politician will visit North Korea for the third anniversary of late leader Kim Jong Il s death but the trip s purpose is not political

'Missing' Kim Jong-Un absent on key party anniversary

Oct 10, 2014 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED Competing theories for his disappearance range widely from an extended rest period to a leadership coup via a long list of possible illnesses and ailments including broken ankles gout and diabetes

WHERE'S KIM JONG-UN? An undated photograph made available by the North Korean News Agency KCNA on 07 July 2014 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) accompanied by younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, (left) in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, North Korea where they visited the Songdowon International Children's Camp. KCNA/EPA

N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'

Apr 15, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The poster features a large picture of Kim s distinctive short back and sides hairdo with the slogan: Bad hair day? 15 off all gent cuts through the month of April

North Korea leader hears loyalty vows at anniversary meeting

Dec 17, 2013 - 11:46 AM

UPDATED It followed the shock execution last week of Kim Jong Un s uncle and one time political mentor Jang Song Thaek

FOR KIM JONG-IL. North Korean people laying wreaths at the statues (not pictured) of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, North Korea, 16 December 2013. The event marks the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il. EPA/Korean Central News Agency

TechRap: Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Android digicam

Jan 27, 2013 - 4:47 AM

Flexible displays on smartphones the Galaxy Note 8 and other upcoming phones and tablets of 2013 Google opens offices in the Philippines Former North Korean leader Kim Jong il s favorite gadget is deigned in California And we review the Samsung Galaxy Camera the digicam and Anrdoid device in one

N. Korea leader vows 'radical' economic shift

Jan 01, 2013 - 3:28 PM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called Tuesday for a radical turnabout in the impoverished country s economy on Tuesday

What was Kim Jong-Il so angry about before his death?

Dec 25, 2012 - 3:34 PM

The late North Korean leader was infuriated about sloppy work at a crucial power station before he suffered a fatal heart attack a South Korean newspaper reported

North Korea mourns late Dear Leader

Dec 17, 2012 - 11:41 AM

Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack on December 17 2011

DEAR LEADER. Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died a year ago in Pyongyang. Photo from Facebook

Kim Jong-Un's nephew labels him a 'dictator'

Oct 21, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Kim Jong Il s teenage grandson has labelled his uncle North Korea s new leader Kim Jong Un a dictator in an interview that offers a rare glimpse into the world s most secretive ruling dynasty

A handout video grab taken on May 28, 2012 and released on October 19 shows North Korean Kim Han-Sol, Kim Jong-Il's teenage grandson, talking to former UN under secretary general and special rapporteur for Human Rights in Bosnia-Hercegovina Elisabeth Rehn. AFP PHOTO / Cityportal/YLE / Mikko Kelloniemi

North Korea's leader becomes 'Marshal': Pyongyang

Jul 18, 2012 - 11:48 AM

North Korea s leader Kim Jong Un has been made Marshal of the communist state Pyongyang s official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said Wednesday July 18

Photo by AFP.

Kim Jong-Il ordered uranium bombs: reports

Jul 02, 2012 - 11:48 AM

The late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il ordered his scientists to produce a massive amount of uranium bombs according to internal regime documents reports in Japan said Monday July 2

Portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Jong-Il (L) and his father Kim Il-Sung (R) are displayed as soldiers march during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

N. Korea holds national mourning for Kim Jong-Il

Mar 25, 2012 - 12:32 PM

North Korea held a national memorial service on Sunday March 25 to mark the 100th day since the death of leader Kim Jong Il with the whole country wrapped in an atmosphere of mourning

Kim Jong Il dies: reports

Dec 19, 2011 - 11:57 AM

North Korean state television announced Monday strongman Kim Jong Il is dead news agencies reported