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NK leader's visit to China unlikely in near future: envoy to China

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is unlikely to visit China in the near future as Pyongyang's nuclear test last year limited bilateral exchanges, South Korea's ambassador to China said Wednesday. Since taking over power in late 2012 following his father Kim Jong-il's sudden death, the young leader has not paid a visit to any foreign countries, including China, the North's chief ally and biggest economic benefactor.

NK leader's visit to China unlikely in near future: envoy to China

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is unlikely to visit China in the near future as Pyongyang's nuclear test last year limited bilateral exchanges, South Korea's ambassador to China said Wednesday. Since taking over power in late 2012 following his father Kim Jong-il's sudden death, the young leader has not paid a visit to any foreign countries, including China, the North's chief ally and biggest economic benefactor.

N.K. leader's sister serving as chief of staff: source

SEOUL, March 30 (Yonhap) -- The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been assisting her brother as his chief of staff since last year, a source familiar with North Korean affairs said Sunday. Kim Yo-jung, 27, was appointed chief secretary of the ruling Workers' Party in the first half of last year, a post equivalent to South Korea's presidential chief of staff, the source said, asking that he not be identified.

Asia's hottest property market is also its most unlikely: North Korea

By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - One of the world's fastest developing property markets is also in one of its least likely places - North Korea. Even though the buying and selling of houses and apartments is illegal, it is becoming more widespread and sophisticated, said defectors as well as experts who study the ruined economy.

N. Korean leader Kim flew to launch site before rocket test: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un flew on a light aircraft to the southeastern coastal city of Wonsan on March 15, the day before a series of 25 short-range rockets were fired into the sea from the launch site near the city, Yonghap News Agency said Friday quoting a South Korean government source. His father Kim Jong Il was known for not using flights for his traveling. A North Korean source said Kim Jong Un occasionally uses light planes when visiting local cities. ==Kyodo

N. Korean leader flew to Wonsan before rocket launch

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had flown to an eastern test site one day before his military fired off an unprecedented number of rockets from there, a military source said Friday, an indication that he may have had a direct hand in the Sunday night launch. Kim visited the eastern city of Wonsan via a light aircraft, believed to be one of the Cessna models, last Saturday. The North fired off 25 ground-to-ground FROG-7 rockets into the sea the following night.

S. Korea urges North to stop 'provocative' rocket tests

South Korea urged North Korea Monday to stop what it called "provocative" and potentially dangerous rocket and missile tests, a day after Pyongyang test-fired 25 projectiles into the sea. The North Sunday fired the volley of rockets into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks that have sparked criticism from Seoul and Washington. The show of force is apparently intended to express anger at the South's continuing joint military exercises with its ally the United States.

S. Korea urges North to stop 'provocative' rocket tests

South Korea called on North Korea Monday to stop what it called "provocative" and potentially dangerous rocket and missile tests, a day after Pyongyang test-fired 25 projectiles into the sea. The rockets were fired into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), the latest in a series of launches that have sparked criticism from Seoul and Washington. The North carried out a series of missile and rocket tests between late February and mid-March in what is seen as a show of force to express anger at the South's ongoing joint military exercises with the United States.

S. Korea says N. Korean leader's aunt may not have been elected to parliament

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt may not have been elected to the country's rubber-stamp parliament, Seoul officials said Thursday, a possible scenario that could suggest her political fate has been affected by the execution of her husband. Kim Kyong-hui, a senior ruling Workers' Party secretary, has failed to show up at key anniversary events in North Korea following the bloody purge of her once-powerful husband, Jang Song-thaek, in December on charges of treason, sparking rampant speculation over her political fate.

Most officials close to Jang elected to N. Korea's parliament.

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Most of the officials close to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's executed uncle were elected to the country's rubber-stamp parliament, an outcome that suggests that Kim may be confident of having consolidated his power. The elections, the first since Kim took power in 2011 following the death of his father and long-time leader Kim Jong-il, had been widely seen as an opportunity to either eliminate or sideline Jang Song-thaek's supporters from the Supreme People's Assembly.
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