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How Kim Jong-un, Once a Young Political Novice, Cemented Power in N. Korea in 10 Years

How Kim Jong-un, Once a Young Political Novice, Cemented Power in N. Korea in 10 Years

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Many North Korea watchers were doubtful when Kim Jong-un, then 27, took over the Hermit Kingdom in December 2011 following the sudden death of his father, Kim Jong-il. A decade later, apparently, few question Kim’s grip on power, despite a host of challenges, such as its moribund economy, amid [...]

N.K. Leader Loses 20 Kilograms, Has No Health Issues: Seoul’s Spy Agency

N.K. Leader Loses 20 Kilograms, Has No Health Issues: Seoul’s Spy Agency

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has lost around 20 kilograms after previously weighing about 140 kg, but he appears to have no health issues, South Korea’s spy agency was quoted as saying Thursday. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) gave the briefing during a closed-door parliamentary session, rejecting rumors that [...]

Seoul Court Orders N. Korea, Leader Kim to Pay Damages to Family of Korean War Abductee

Seoul Court Orders N. Korea, Leader Kim to Pay Damages to Family of Korean War Abductee

SEOUL, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) — A Seoul court has ordered North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un to compensate a family member of a South Korean who was abducted to the North during the 1950-53 Korean War. The plaintiff, identified by his surname Choi, filed a damages suit in December over the policeman father who [...]

N. Korea Leaves Room for Inter-Korean Ties but Challenges Lay Ahead with ‘Conditions’

N. Korea Leaves Room for Inter-Korean Ties but Challenges Lay Ahead with ‘Conditions’

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s remarks on South Korea during a key party meeting appear to have passed the ball into Seoul’s court by attaching challenging conditions that portend cloudy prospects for any change in the currently chilled cross-border relations, experts said Saturday. During the fourth-day session at the [...]

Kim’s Surprise Apology Indicates His Wish to Prevent Inter-Korean Ties from Worsening Further

Kim’s Surprise Apology Indicates His Wish to Prevent Inter-Korean Ties from Worsening Further

SEOUL, Sept. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — A rare and swift apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over the killing of a South Korean official shows he wants to prevent already frayed inter-Korean relations from further worsening, experts said Friday. South Korea needs to take the North’s conciliatory gesture as a chance to explore ways [...]

N. Korea’s Recent Threats Unlikely to Turn into Major Military Provocation

N. Korea’s Recent Threats Unlikely to Turn into Major Military Provocation

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) — After threatening military action, North Korea may open fire to shoot down giant balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets flying from South Korea, but major provocations are unlikely, such as the 2010 artillery attack on a border island, experts said Monday. South Korea has been on high alert after Kim Yo-jong, [...]