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North Korea Vows to Defend Kim Jong Un “Unto Death”

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korean officials have pledged in their annual New Year’s message to make every effort to bring the country to prosperity and to defend its new leader Kim Jong Un. The message published Sunday by the state-run new agency KCNA comes a day after Mr. Kim was named the supreme commander of North Korea’s military […]

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China Congratulates N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s young, new leader is getting a show of support from neighboring China. Chinese President Hu Jintao sent Kim Jong Un a congratulatory message, lauding Mr. Kim’s appointment as North Korea’s supreme military commander. The message, published on an official Chinese government website, said their is a deep tradition of friendship between the two […]

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North Korea Officially Names Kim Jong Un Supreme Commander

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has officially named Kim Jong Un as supreme commander of the country’s military forces, affirming his authority after his father’s death. The state-run Korean Central News Agency made the announcement Saturday. It said Kim Jong Il’s son and successor was given the title at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central […]

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North Korea Officially Names Kim Jong Un Supreme Commander

Posted December 30th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has officially named Kim Jong Un as supreme commander of its military forces, affirming his authority after his father’s death. The state-run Korean Central News Agency made the announcement Saturday. It said Kim Jong Il’s son and successor was given the title at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee […]

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North Korea Warns No Policy Changes Under New Leader

Posted December 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea warned rival South Korea and the rest of the world Friday that there would be no policy changes under new ruler Kim Jong Un. A day after Pyongyang ended official mourning for longtime ruler Kim Jong Il, the North’s powerful National Defense Commission sent a tough message to what it called “foolish politicians […]

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North Korea Warns No Policy Changes Under New Leader

Posted December 30th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea warned rival South Korea and the rest of the world Friday that there would be no policy changes under new ruler Kim Jong Un. A day after Pyongyang ended official mourning for longtime ruler Kim Jong Il, the North’s powerful National Defense Commission sent a tough message to what it called “foolish politicians […]

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North Korea Hails Kim Jong Un as ‘Supreme Leader’

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kim Jong Un has been declared supreme leader of North Korea’s ruling party and military during a memorial service for his late father, Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang. State television showed a massive gathering of people for the service in Kim Il Sung Square. As the younger Kim watched from a palace balcony, ceremonial head […]

National Memorial Service for Kim Jong Il Underway in Pyongyang

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of people packed a central square in Pyongyang on Thursday for a national memorial service for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. State television showed a massive sea of tightly packed soldiers that filled Kim Il Sung square as the deceased leader’s heir apparent and youngest son, Kim Jong Un, […]

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World Watches As North Korea Bids Farewell to Kim Jong Il

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Observers worldwide watched television images of Kim Jong Il’s funeral procession Wednesday for clues of who holds the real power after his death. Mr. Kim’s youngest son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, clearly had a central role in the ceremony. He walked alongside a black limousine carrying his father’s hearse through central Pyongyang, and […]

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Snow, Tears Capture Mood As North Korea Mourns Kim

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s harsh winter weather seemed to capture perfectly the somber mood of the nation as it mourned the loss of its late leader Kim Jong Il. The funeral procession began early Wednesday under gray skies. A light snowfall grew heavy as the morning progressed, covering the streets of Pyongyang with a blanket of fresh, […]

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