Kim Jong Un http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20791/all en North Korea calls for "human shields" to defend Kim Jong Un http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120101/north-korea-human-shields-kim-jong-un-new-year-message <p> A New Year&#39;s message calls on &quot;the whole Party, the entire army and all the people&quot; to &quot;possess a firm conviction that they will become human bulwarks and human shields in defending Kim Jong Un unto death.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120101/north-korea-human-shields-kim-jong-un-new-year-message" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Un North Korea Asia-Pacific Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:36:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5685606 at http://www.globalpost.com Lee Myung Bak, South Korea president, sees 'turning point' for Koreas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/120102/lee-myung-bak-south-korea-president-north-korea-turning-point <p> In a televised new year address, Lee Myung Bak said he saw a &quot;window of opportunity&quot; for better relations with the North &ndash; but warned Seoul would &quot;strongly respond&quot; if Pyongyang&#39;s new leaders proved to be aggressive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/120102/lee-myung-bak-south-korea-president-north-korea-turning-point" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il dead Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Diplomacy Politics South Korea Mon, 02 Jan 2012 10:55:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5685643 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea marks Kim Jong Un's birthday with special video http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120108/north-korea-kim-jong-un-birthday-video <p> Kim Jong Un wrote his first thesis on military strategy when he was 16, the documentary claimed, and was hailed by his late father Kim Jong Il as &quot;the multi-talented, genius of the geniuses in military knowledge.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120108/north-korea-kim-jong-un-birthday-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il dead Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Military Sun, 08 Jan 2012 13:33:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5686362 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea to release prisoners for dead leaders' birthdays http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120110/north-korea-prisoners-released-amnesty <p> Pyongyang&#39;s KCNA news agency said the amnesty was a fitting tribute to the &quot;noble, benevolent and all-embracing politics&quot; of late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120110/north-korea-prisoners-released-amnesty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Il dead Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5686640 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea: Amnesty announced for political prisoners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/120110/north-korea-amnesty-political-prisoners <p> TOKYO &mdash; The amnesty, the first in more than six years, will begin on Feb. 1, the state-run Korean Central New Agency said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/120110/north-korea-amnesty-political-prisoners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders South Korea Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:49:00 +0000 Justin McCurry 5686745 at http://www.globalpost.com Kim Jong Nam disses new North Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/kim-jong-nam-north-korea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a new book, Kim Jong Il's eldest son says the new regime is bound for disaster. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It hardly comes as a surprise that the passed-over eldest son of Kim Jong Il has been criticizing hereditary succession.</p> <p> In a soon-to-be-published book, &ldquo;My father Kim Jong Il and Me,&rdquo; Kim Jong Nam reportedly rails against the system in North Korea and calls his half-brother and current ruler, Kim Jong Un, a pawn of the ruling elite.</p> <p> The book is based on a collection of interviews and emails between Jong Nam and Japanese journalist Yoji Gomi, who told the <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9019800/Kim-Jong-uns-brother-says-North-Korea-heading-for-collapse.html">Telegraph</a> that he built a relationship with Jong Nam after the pair met in Beijing in 2004.</p> <p> <strong>GlobalPost in-depth series:<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/series/after-kim-jong-il"> After Kim Jong Il</a></strong></p> <p> Jong Nam has been spotted from time to time in Macau, where he lives in exile, and elsewhere in China. Usually, his name appears in the press next to the word &quot;playboy.&quot;</p> <p> Jong Nam reportedly told Gomi before Kim Jong Il passed away that North Korea was stuck. It needed economic reforms to survive. But those very reforms would lead to the collapse of the Kim dynasty.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/111219/kim-jong-il-dead-north-korea-kim-jong-un">What&#39;s next for North Korea?</a></strong></p> <p> He wrote to Gomi on Dec. 17:</p> <blockquote><p> It is obvious that [the] economy will collapse without reforms, but the reforms will lead to a crisis of the collapse of the regime.</p> </blockquote> <p> On Jan. 3, Jong Nam wrote more specifically about Kim Jong Un, who he said was merely a figurehead.</p> <blockquote><p> I question how a young heir with two years [of training as a successor] would be able to inherit ... absolute power. It is likely that the existing power elites will succeed my father by keeping the young successor as a symbol.</p> </blockquote> <p> Sour grapes?</p> <p> Word on the street is that Kim Jong Nam was once first in line to succeed his father, as birth order would suggest. But it wasn&#39;t meant to be.</p> <p> In 2001, Jong Nam fell out with his father following an incident at Tokyo&#39;s Narita airport, where he was nailed for trying to get through on a fake Dominican passport. Jong Nam fled to Macau and has been living it up ever since.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/kim-jong-nam-north-korea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Un North Korea South Korea The Rice Bowl Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:45:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5687746 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea: the problem of Kim Jong Nam http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/120118/north-korea-kim-jong-nam The ruling elite in Pyongyang must be wondering what to do about a problem like Kim Jong Nam, who seems unafraid to speak his mind.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/120118/north-korea-kim-jong-nam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Culture & Lifestyle South Korea Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:27:00 +0000 Donald Kirk 5687913 at http://www.globalpost.com Kim Jong Un's Twitter assassination http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/twitter-rumor-kim-jong-un <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why did China allow the rumors to circulate in the first place? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> By now we know that <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-02-10/asia/world_asia_north-korea-leader-rumors_1_north-korean-leader-reclusive-nation-official?_s=PM:ASIA">Kim Jong Un is not dead</a>.</p> <p> But late Friday, in a flurry of internet attention, the young North Korean dictator was reported assassinated in Beijing.&nbsp;</p> <p> Stop the presses.</p> <p> Here&#39;s what happened: China&#39;s microblogging site, Sina Weibo, reported that Kim Jong Un was shot dead in the North Korean embassy in Beijing at around 2 a.m. The rumor appeared more respectable when it was reiterated on a somewhat state-affiliated news source in Hong Kong.</p> <p> Then, it hopped the wires over to Twitter, where it enjoyed a vigorous second wind. Reuters, Gawker, Huffington Post and, yours truly, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120210/kim-jong-un-dead-or-alive">GlobalPost</a>, everyone had a say.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120210/kim-jong-un-dead-or-alive">Kim Jong Un, dead or alive?</a></strong></p> <p> Sightings of cars and security outside the embassy in Beijing fanned the flames, and the rumors took on a life of their own. In the age of social media, they go far and fast. And when rumors pertain to a place as closed as North Korea, where it&#39;s hard to verify anything ever, they could always turn out to be true.</p> <p> Thus you get the cocktail by which Kim Jong Un was effectively assassinated by Twitter.</p> <p> So, what is there to say about it now that the dust has settled?</p> <p> Josh Benton, the founding director of the Nieman Journalism Lab in Cambridge, Mass., said that he thought &quot;news organizations by and large did a fine job resisting the urge to report those rumors as fact.&quot;</p> <p> &quot;When they were reported, they were reported as rumors on Twitter, which is what they were,&quot; he wrote by email Monday.</p> <p> Some news sources, like <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-02-10/asia/world_asia_north-korea-leader-rumors_1_north-korean-leader-reclusive-nation-official?_s=PM:ASIA">CNN</a>, did seek out US intelligence officials to ask them whether these rumors had any validity. Most news sources simply reiterated the rumors, though called them such.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/series/after-kim-jong-il">After Kim Jong Il</a></strong></p> <p> Bradley Martin, an ardent North Korea watcher and journalism professor, said the onus is on us, the consumers of news.</p> <p> &quot;In today&#39;s 24-hour news cycle,&quot; he wrote by email, &quot;there&#39;s not much we can do to stop news organizations from spreading such rumors first, checking on them later. We just have to be skeptical consumers of news.&quot;</p> <p> And what should we have thought?</p> <p> Well, Martin said for starters the &quot;&#39;news&#39; was improbable, first because the security system for protecting the North Korean dictator is extremely elaborate, with separate security organizations spying on one another to make sure no one goes off the reservation.&quot;</p> <p> &quot;Kim Jong Un may some day annoy people sufficiently ... &quot; Martin wrote, &quot;that they plot against him, but this report came so quickly after his accession to power that it seemed highly doubtful any elements opposed to his rule would have had time and opportunity to organize sufficiently to carry out a plot.&quot;</p> <p> Indeed, there are <a href="http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/02/13/2012021301372.html">pockets of resistance</a> that appear to be growing in the North. And check out this image of the <a href="http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03100&amp;num=8804">young leader reprimanding the North Korean army</a>. That&#39;s bound to kill morale.</p> <p> But really, the most interesting thing to come out of Kim Jong Un&#39;s Twitter assassination is the fact that China allowed the rumor to spread in the first place.</p> <p> China&#39;s Sina Weibo is often likened to Twitter, but the fact of the matter, as Regina McCombs at Poynter Institute pointed out, is that it is &quot;not a free and open Twitter space. It&#39;s a very controlled and monitored space.&quot;</p> <p> So, from a geopolitical perspective, it&#39;s interesting that China opted to let these rumors fly. It suggests that all is not well between China and North Korea.</p> <p> Perhaps in his attempts to consolidate power, Kim Jong Un isn&#39;t stepping in line enough for China&#39;s liking.</p> <p> As Adam Cathcart, editor of <a href="http://sinonk.com/">SinoNK.com</a>, wrote in<a href="http://the-diplomat.com/2012/02/11/how-weibo-%E2%80%9Ckilled%E2%80%9D-kim-jong-un/2/"> The Diplomat</a>:</p> <p> &quot;All this suggests significant strains in China&rsquo;s relations with North Korea. China has indicated it wants Kim Jong Un to relax the country&rsquo;s militarism and open up to investment under Chinese protection. And the fact is he&rsquo;s not doing that.&quot;</p> <p> China also allowed recent coverage of a book by a Japanese journalist who interviewed Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Il&#39;s passed-over eldest son, over a number of years. Kim Jong Nam was overtly critical of the Kim dynasty, and China allowed that to circulate, too.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/kim-jong-nam-north-korea">Kim Jong Nam disses new North Korea</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/twitter-rumor-kim-jong-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Un North Korea China Education Technology South Korea The Rice Bowl Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:25:13 +0000 Emily Lodish 5691583 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea 'ready for war' over US, South Korea military drills http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120227/north-korea-us-south-korea-military-drills-war <p> The exercises are a &quot;grave provocation,&quot; according to the North Korean Foreign Ministry. &quot;The DPRK [Democratic People&#39;s Republic of Korea] is fully ready for both dialogue and war.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120227/north-korea-us-south-korea-military-drills-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Military South Korea United States Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:31:18 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5693661 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location Video: Will North Korea's new leader agree to nuclear talks? http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5697473 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>The US hopes for lasting peace between North and South Korea</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Justin McCurry and Michael Condon </div> </div> </div> <p> Three months after Kim Jong Un took power in North Korea, the world is watching to see whether he will seek compromise or conflict.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1920" height="1080" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/74b4449b59d8a-original.jpg?1332537243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:03:26 06:04</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("93fcf540f5579", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Kim Jong Un North Korea On Location World Leaders Conflict Zones Diplomacy South Korea Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:04:23 +0000 Justin McCurry and Michael Condon 5697473 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea will "mass produce" nuclear weapons http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120702/north-korea-nuclear-weapons-kim-jong-Il According to documents reportedly found by the Japanese press, late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had ordered that the country "mass-produce" nuclear weapons.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120702/north-korea-nuclear-weapons-kim-jong-Il" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Un North Korea nuclear weapons World Leaders Asia-Pacific Energy Politics Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:24:00 +0000 Adam Taylor, Business Insider 5710321 at http://www.globalpost.com Onward To the Final Victory: Kim Jong Un gets his own theme tune (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/onward-to-the-final-victory-kim-jong-un-theme-song With charming understatement, Vice-Minister of Culture Hong Kwang Sun says the song is "just a powerful trumpet call of the revolution encouraging the army and people in the drive to build a thriving nation as well as a stirring drumbeat of victory."<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/onward-to-the-final-victory-kim-jong-un-theme-song" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Weird Wide Web Sat, 07 Jul 2012 15:37:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5710888 at http://www.globalpost.com Chatter: Who's in charge of North Korea's army? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-whos-charge-north-koreas-army North Korea's top military man finds himself relieved of his duties, a disturbing pattern emerges in Syria, and Madonna irks the French far-right.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-whos-charge-north-koreas-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Un North Korea Asia-Pacific Military Chatter Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:58:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5711973 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea gets trendy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120716/north-korea-kim-jong-un-trendy When North Korea's young leader took control of the country last year, no one was exactly sure what would happen. Now there are signs that Kim may be a more independent mind than many had thought.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120716/north-korea-kim-jong-un-trendy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Politics Global Economy South Korea Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:20:00 +0000 Adam Taylor, Business Insider 5712012 at http://www.globalpost.com Vicious economic power struggle rumored in North Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120720/business-insider-vicious-North-Korea-power-struggle-rumor This week there's been an avalanche of speculation about the ousting of Ri Yong Ho, the former vice-marshall of the North Korean army and once the military's key leader. Some evidence points towards a brutal power struggle between the country's executive and the country's 1.2 million strong military — a potentially major shift in the country.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120720/business-insider-vicious-North-Korea-power-struggle-rumor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Un North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Military Political Risk South Korea Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:59:00 +0000 Adam Taylor, Business Insider 5712763 at http://www.globalpost.com