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Kim Jong-Un’s powerful aunt disappears from public view

Kim Jong-Un’s powerful aunt disappears from public view

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un’s powerful aunt has not been seen in public for nearly three months and is believed to be critically ill. If so, the development could significantly impact the young leaders’ underlying power base among family members, sources and analysts here say. Kim Kyong-Hui has […]

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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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Could things get any worse for N. Koreans? Introducing the son of 'Dear Leader'

Could things get any worse for N. Koreans? Introducing the son of 'Dear Leader'

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The face and physique don’t exactly bode well for the future of North Korea’s 24 million people – or for the region. Here is a kid who’s got to have the puffiest cheeks in his father’s fiefdom. He appears to have an incipient double chin and he’s showing signs […]

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Son, sister of N. Korea's Kim rise through ranks to become generals

Son, sister of N. Korea's Kim rise through ranks to become generals

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Il promoted his youngest son to army general in an announcement Tuesday seen as official confirmation that the young man is being groomed to succeed his father. The dispatch on North Korean state media came just hours before the nation was to hold the largest Workers’ […]

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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, […]