Torchlight tribute for Kim Il-sung

Torchlight tribute for N.K. leader


This photo capture from the North’s Korean Central TV shows a torchlight performance in Pyongyang on Aug. 28, 2016, marking the 9th Congress of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League. The letters formed by the torchlights read “Kim Jung Un,” the country’s current leader. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)


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DPR Korea removed all photos of ruling Kim family from textbooks: report

North Korea may have removed all photos of the ruling Kim family from its textbooks out of fear that school children will scribble on them, a U.S.-based media outlet said Sunday.

Radio Free Asia, citing a report carried by Asia Press International, said it recently acquired 75 North Korean primary, middle school and high school textbooks but found no photos of incumbent leader Kim Jong-un or those of his late father and grandfather.

Kim inherited power after the sudden death of his father Kim Jong-il in late 2011. North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung died in 1994 with control of the country being passed onto his son.

The RFA then said the Japanese media outlet found plenty of materials related to the cult the authorities have built up around the Kim family, yet there was an absence of pictures and any of the three leaders who have ruled the country since the middle of the 20th century.

Related to this, a Japanese expert on the North Korean regime, speculated that Pyongyang ordered that there be no photos to prevent kids from doodling on them. Such an act constitutes a serious offense in the country.

In addition to photos, the Washington-based radio station said there was a considerable amount of material exulting the virtues of Kim Jong-un.

“The first page of the English textbook published in mid-2013 has the script ‘Let’s Become True Sons and Daughters of Respected General Kim Jong-un!’ in it,” the report picked up in Seoul said.

It said such idealization was found in other pages where authorities claimed Kim Jong-un is an “exceptional revolutionary leader” and possessed numerous skills. (Yonhap)


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North Korea erecting more statues of dead leaders: report

North Korea is continuing to erect new statues of its dead leaders as part of the country’s effort to strengthen a cult around the ruling Kim dynasty that has controlled the communist country for nearly seven decades, a U.S.-based news report said Sunday.

According to Radio Free Asia, the North is moving to place new statues of the country’s founder Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il in front of the country’s national defense college and a museum dedicated to the two Kims in Pyongyang.

Statues honoring the two dead men were set up in the Ryongsong district of the capital recently, reported the RFA, citing Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

The analyst said the latest satellite photos showed statues and memorial pillars going up, and that such moves seem to be a key policy decision made by the incumbent leader Kim Jong-un. Kim is the founder’s grandson and took over the running of the country after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in late 2011.

Melvin told the media outlet that the erecting of statues sped up after the sudden death of Kim Jong-il.

Reflecting this data showed that since taking over the helm of the reclusive country, Kim Jong-un ordered more than 250 memorials celebrating Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il to be set up nationwide, with about 35 statues of the two men being erected so far.

South Korean watchers said creating a personality cult around the dynasty is designed to legitimize Kim Jong-un’s rule over the population, who are taught to follow orders given by their leader without question. (Yonhap)

Source : The Korea Herald

North Korea’s party congress 36 years ago

N. Korea's party congress 36 years ago


This file photo from North Korea’s last ruling party congress in October 1980 shows the North’s then President Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il, his son, who was head of the National Defense Commission at the time, to his left. The North’s media said on April 27, 2016, that the party congress will open in Pyongyang on May 6. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)


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Kim Jong-un pays tribute in Kim Il-sung birth anniversary

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid tribute to the North’s founder on Friday as the country celebrated the birthday of his late grandfather amid growing speculation about the North’s missile launch.

Since 1997, the North has celebrated the April 15 anniversary with lavish festivals to show its respect to the leader who died in 1994.

The anniversary is surrounded by speculation that North Korea has deployed one or two Musudan mid-range ballistic missiles near the eastern port city for a possible launch to mark Kim’s birthday.

South Korea’s defense ministry said Thursday that the military is closely monitoring the possibility of North Korea’s fifth nuclear test or launches of ballistic missiles like the Musudan.

The North has not yet tested the intermediate-range missile, but it is believed to be capable of flying as far as Guam with a range of up to 4,000 kilometers.

The U.N. Security Council slapped its toughest sanctions yet on the North in March over its nuclear test and long-range rocket launch earlier this year. The North is banned from launching ballistic missiles under a series of relevant U.N. resolutions.

North Korea is also ramping up efforts to prepare for the ruling party’s first congress in over three decades in early May.

The party congress will likely serve as a key event that will reveal the North Korean leader’s policy direction in his fifth year in power. The current leader inherited power following the sudden death of his father Kim Jong-il in late 2011. (Yonhap)


Source : Thye Korea Herald

North K. holds national meeting on key anniversary

N.K. holds national meeting on key anniversary

A national meeting is held in Pyongyang on April 14, 2016, a day before North Korea celebrates the 104th birthday anniversary of the country’s late founder and former leader Kim Il-sung. The day, called the Day of the Sun in the North, is one of the most elaborately commemorated anniversaries in the country. The North’s Korean Central News Agency reported state, party and military officials attended the meeting, as well as foreign diplomats and heads of international organizations. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (KCNA-Yonhap) (END)

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