Links for 2 January 2012

By | January 02, 2012 | No Comments

NPR has a nice round up from Dandong, with some Ming dynasty analysis adding value to the standard border walk and a stunning picture;

Rodong Sinmun publishes an upbeat song on page 1 of January 1, 2012, indicating that the next 100 years of the Juche era are going to be energetic;

A new story from Chosun Ilbo recounts a new interview with the Japanese chef who, having written a book several years ago and being on TV multiple times, now suddenly remembers how Kim Jong Un used to tell him how much he admired Chinese-style reforms.  Because of the unlikelihood of this actually being true, we are linking to the story via Chef’s Weekly, hopefully for the last time;

New York Times describes Hu Jintao’s New Year’s communication with Pyongyang;

KCNA dropped a large amount of data on the table for January 1, including the description of Kim Jong Il’s funeral which included as its only apparent reference to China:

Present there were members of the National Funeral Committee, Nam Sung U, vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, officials of the party, state, armed forces and power bodies, public organizations, ministries and national institutions, men and officers of the KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, culture, arts, public health and media, anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, bereaved families of revolutionary martyrs, mourners delegations from all provinces, people of all social standings, a mourners delegation of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters in China, those related to the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle in China, families of Chinese related to the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle and their parties, mourners groups of overseas Koreans and other overseas Koreans…

The One Free Korea reader and reputed border-jumper “Spelunker” notes that Yonhap-Chinese service just reported that security services in China are keeping foreign journalists away from Tumen and Hunchun in the extreme northeastern frontier of Korea;

Huanqiu Shibao carries a photo gallery of Kim Jong Un’s first “solo” on-site inspection with the Korean People’s Army.

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