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Tale of two brothers: Speaking out costly for older? Silence is golden for the kid

Tale of two brothers: Speaking out costly for older? Silence is golden for the kid

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The youngest son keeps his mouth shut, and the oldest one talks too much. Clearly, the silent one knows what’s best for him as he plays the title role bequeathed to him by his late father, North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-Il. Kim Jong-Un is showing off his image […]

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As Iran, Syria crises heat up, N. Korean missile exports boom

As Iran, Syria crises heat up, N. Korean missile exports boom

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — North Korea stands to be a major winner if Israeli hotheads lose patience and drive Israel into attacking Iranian nuclear facilities. With Iran said in some quarters to be only months away from emerging as the world’s 10th nuclear weapons power, North Korea reportedly is producing more middle-range missiles […]

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Fear reigns anew in N. Korea as 'Supreme Commander' begins to throw his weight around

Fear reigns anew in N. Korea as 'Supreme Commander' begins to throw his weight around

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The rise of the son as “supreme commander” of North Korea’s armed forces gives rise to nostalgia. Already the reign of the father is beginning to seem like the good old days. At least as long as Kim Jong-Il was around a certain sense of security prevailed. South Koreans could be […]

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The power politics of mourning Kim Jong-Il: It's complicated

The power politics of mourning Kim Jong-Il: It's complicated

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea is playing a skillful game of funeral diplomacy and politics that’s dividing South Koreans and leaving everyone to wonder who’s doing what to whom in the corridors of power in Pyongyang. All North Korean strategists have had to do is issue a huge welcome to all those […]

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The Kim is dead, long live the Kim!

The Kim is dead, long live the Kim!

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The death of bouffant-coifed, platform-heel wearing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il on Saturday ushers in a new era of rampant speculation, pontification and no doubt obfuscation about what’s really going on inside the Hermit Kingdom. The fact is that Kim Jong-Il late last week appeared just fine as he […]

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Signs of tensions leading up to Pyongyang parley

Signs of tensions leading up to Pyongyang parley

By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Think of any scenario for next week’s conference in Pyongyang of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and you may be right. The ascension of favorite son Kim Jong-Un to a top party position? Certainly a strong possibility. A grand finale complete with declarations of the glorious future of the party, […]