Posts Tagged ‘North Korean leadership’
Octogenarian propaganda doyen Kim Ki-nam has survived at the top of North Korean politics for decades. Quite apart from all the perks that tend to accrue to such people, the other thing former Rodong Sinmun editor Kim has earned from his exertions is the attention of Adam Cathcart.
In this, the first part of the “SinoNK Han-sol Interview Debate,” Christopher Green presents his perspective on the Kim Han-sol interview, dismissing the idea that Pyongyang had a hand in the young man’s public bow.
Sabine van Ameijden (Department of War Studies, King’s College, London) revisits the DPRK’s reforms of 2002, looks at Rason, and asks what standards need to be used to assess the depth of North Korean assertions of reform.
Kim Jong Un’s pre-centennial speech to the WPK, admonishing the functionaries to hold his grandfather and father — now the eternal General Secretary of the WPK — in high esteem, occurred in what are anything but thriving times. In North Korea, such behavior is the continuation of an old tradition. The April 15 speech, analyzed […]
This week’s digest covers a plethora of Peninsula-pertinent issues, and represents the substantive introduction of my Yonsei University colleague, Brian Gleason, to SinoNK readers. Gleason, along yours truly, arrives with some original reporting on the issue of North Korean jamming of flights out of Inchon. Thus, if you are in-bound to Seoul, the digest suggests that you may want to […]
NSA on the Edge: Gen. Kim Won Hong and the National Security Agency’s Rise to Prominence on the Frontier
Anyone who has wandered around the city of Berlin in a long twilight or early morning could tell you that borders have meaning, and that severe dangers accrue to those who have, under the wrong circumstances, attempted to breach them. The Sino-Korean frontier is not the site of an iconic wall, nor is it precisely […]
We recently learned that Kim Jong Nam [金正男], the eldest son of Kim Jong Il, had struck up a friendship with Japanese reporter, Yoji Komi [五味洋治], in the Beijing Capital Airport in 2004 and has corresponded with him frequently since by e-mail. Recently, Kim instructed Yoji to collate all the materials, over 100 e-mails and […]