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Crush
06-07-2010, 07:27 PM
http://story.northkoreatimes.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/08aysdf7tga9s7f7/id/644405/cs/1/

Kim Jong Il's aide's death reveals internal strife in N-Korea
<small>North Korea Times
Monday 7th June, 2010
(ANI)</small>


London, June 7 (ANI):The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's trusted political ally in a car crash has exposed the internal stife in the ruling regime against the backdrop of Kim's plans to name a successor in Pyongyang.

The death of 80-year-old Ri couldn't have been more ill-timed as it precedes the reclusive Kim's anticipated formal announcement coronating his greenhorn son 27-year-old Kim Jong-Un at the second session of the Supreme People's Assembly.

Moreover, the critical timing of the death has sparked off speculation of there being more to it than meets the eye, including the possibility of it being a ploy to derail the already unstable regime.

"Ri Je-Gang was a very strong supporter of Kim Jong-un and there has been a power struggle in Pyongyang between the factions," The Telegraph quoted Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor of international relations at Tokyo's Waseda University, as saying.

The death is also going to have tipped the scales of power in the military's favour as far as the question of succession goes with North Korean Army General O Kuk-Ryol emerging as a possible contender, Toshimitsu added.

Ri was one of Kim Jong-un's two most important promoters - the other being Kim Jong-il's brother-in-law Jang Song-taek - and his death so soon after the death of another top official and the dismissal of a third has led to speculation that Ri was the victim of a political assassination, the paper said.

However, all conjecture apar, the accident may as well have been a result of an alcohol-imbued drive back from a late-night policy meeting at Kim's home as the leader is known to send for officials at a short-notice.

North Korea has already been facing rough weather after South Korea accused it of torpedoing its warship prising open old wounds in the Korean Peninsula. (ANI)

Crush
06-07-2010, 07:29 PM
http://story.northkoreatimes.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/08aysdf7tga9s7f7/id/644480/cs/1/

North Korea replaces prime minister
<small>North Korea Times
Monday 7th June, 2010
(IANS)</small>


North Korea Monday replaced its Prime Minister Kim Yong Il with Choe Yong Rim, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said, quoting North Korean state radio.

Choe is chief secretary of the Pyongyang branch of the Workers Party, the ruling communist party, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, confirming the report.

No reason was given for the change.

The replacement was announced at a rare second parliamentary session in a year. It was attended by regime leader Kim Jong Il as tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen over the March sinking off a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Il promoted his brother-in-law, Jang Song Thaek, to become vice chief of the National Defence Commission, the Stalinist state's top decision-making body, which is chaired by Kim himself, Yonhap quoted KCNA as saying.

Analysts said the promotion of Jang, who heads a Workers Party department, was part of engineering a hereditary power succession to Kim Jong Il's youngest son, Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Il had not been present at 2010's first parliamentary session in April. North Korea's 687-member parliament rubber-stamps the regime's decisions.

Crush
06-07-2010, 07:30 PM
http://story.northkoreatimes.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/08aysdf7tga9s7f7/id/644606/cs/1/

Kim Jong-Il reshuffles top leadership to make way for youngest son at the top
<small>North Korea Times
Monday 7th June, 2010
(ANI)</small>


To consolidate grip on power and pave the way for the succession of youngest son Kim Jong-Un, North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Il has reshuffled the regime's top leadership, appointing a new premier and promoting a key ally to a senior post in the country's top military body.

The appointment was rubber stamped by the country's parliament and is seen as a move to make way for 28-year-old Kim Jong-Un to succeed.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said Jang Song Taek, a brother-in-law and key ally of Kim who is believed to favour a hereditary succession, was promoted to vice-chairmanship of the National Defence Commission, the most powerful organ of government in North Korea, The Telegraph reports.

Analysts said the appointment could be interpreted as a signal of Kim's determination that he will be succeeded by his son and not by any rivals from the military establishment.

"Jang Song Taek would be the most trustworthy person to Kim who can establish the foundation for succession to Jong-un. This is a signal that they will not be moving on existing power structures, no innovation or openness or reform," said Park Young-ho of the Korea Institute for National Analysis.

Other analysts said that Jang, who is expected to act as regent to an inexperienced Kim Jong-Un when Kim finally dies, said the appointment effectively made Jang the "number two," The Telegraph reports.

"Jang's dramatic rise to power, backed by Kim Jong-Il, shows that North Korea is formalising and finalising its planned father-to-son power transfer," added Paik Haksoon of Seoul's Sejong Institute think-tank.

In the second appointment, Choe Yong Rim, a senior Communist party official, was been named North Korea's premier, a post that makes him responsible for economic policy at a time when the country's bankrupt economy is reeling under UN sanctions, the paper said. (ANI)

Frazod
06-07-2010, 07:47 PM
I wonder if there's any chance somebody sane takes over.

Crush
06-07-2010, 07:55 PM
I wonder if there's any chance somebody sane takes over.

From what I understand, Kim Jong Un is just like as his father. Unless the NK military says enough is enough or more old timers speak up, Kim Jong Il will replaced by a younger version of himself.

cannon1988
06-08-2010, 12:07 AM
North Korea serves as an appropriate model for America.

ClevelandBronco
06-08-2010, 12:13 AM
That Billy Dee Williams avatar makes it impossible for me to worry about Korea.

cannon1988
06-08-2010, 12:41 AM
ClevelandSteamer

Please remove yourself and your lack of contribution from this topic.

Thanks,

cannon1988

HonestChieffan
06-08-2010, 05:59 AM
North Korea serves as an appropriate model for America.

We both have crazy leaders, I agree

Amnorix
06-08-2010, 06:04 AM
Fundamentally, North Korea is a closed, insular society which has been dominated by a single dictator ever since it obtained freedom from Japanese Imperialism at the end of World War II. At some point, no doubt, the dictatorship will give way to a military junta or otherwise be overthrown, though it's impossible to say whether it will give way to anything all that democratic.

Time will tell. Nobody would really care except that, unfortunately for the rest of the world, NK has spent all of its meager resources for the past 50 years trying to obtain nuclear weapons technology. China would have done itself a favor had it removed Kim and replaced him with someone who was less in love with himself. The time to do that is many years past, however, and now even China can't keep NK under control.

Crush
06-08-2010, 07:38 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100608/ap_on_re_as/as_china_nkorea_shooting

China says NKorean border guard killed 3 Chinese

<cite class="vcard"> By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer Tini Tran, Associated Press Writer </cite> <abbr title="2010-06-08T04:12:59-0700" class="recenttimedate">2 hrs 21 mins ago</abbr>

<!-- end .byline --> BEIJING A North Korean border guard shot and killed three Chinese citizens and wounded a fourth on the countries' border last week, China said Tuesday after lodging a formal diplomatic protest.

The guard shot the four residents of the northeastern border town of Dandong last Friday, apparently on suspicion they were crossing the border for illegal trade, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.

"On the morning of June 4, some residents of Dandong, in Liaoning province, were shot by a DPRK border guard on suspicion of crossing the border for trade activities, leaving three dead and one injured," he said at a regularly scheduled news conference. He used the acronym for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"China attaches great importance to that and has immediately raised a solemn representation with the DPRK. Now the case is under investigation," he said.

Dandong is a major shipping point and rail link for goods going into and out of North Korea from China.

Qin did not give any further information. There have been some reports in South Korean media on the incident, though North Korea has not acknowledged the shootings.

The two countries are close allies, and China rarely criticizes its neighbor publicly. China has been crucial to North Korea's survival, providing food, fuel, and investment. Last month, its reclusive leader Kim Jong Il paid a rare visit to China, traveling to Beijing in search of additional economic assistance.

In return, he agreed to return to six-party talks, hosted by China, on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programs, though no date was set.

However, tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high since the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in March that left 46 sailors dead.

An international investigation has blamed North Korea for the sinking, but China has resisted pressure to condemn Kim Jong Il's regime. Instead, it has urged both the Koreas to show restraint.

On Tuesday, Qin again urged all parties to exercise calm in the wake of South Korea formally bringing the incident before the United Nation's Security Council last week.

"China calls on all parties to exercise restraint and calm so as not to further escalate the tensions," he said. "China also upholds peace and stability on the peninsula. We always adhere to that position."

The China-North Korea border is an area of major activity, with many impoverished North Koreans defecting to South Korea via the Chinese border, in part because of the difficulty of crossing the Demilitarized Zone. More than 16,000 have defected to South Korea since the Korean War. Last year, about 2,800 North Koreans arrived in the South, up from about 2,500 in 2007.

In March 2009, two American journalists were seized near the border town of Dandong. The two, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, had crossed into North Korea while reporting on a story about North Korean women forced into the sex trade or arranged marriages when they defected to China. They were nabbed by North Korean soldiers after they had already returned to Chinese soil. They were later released.

Crush
06-08-2010, 07:39 AM
That Billy Dee Williams avatar makes it impossible for me to worry about Korea.

You cannot deny that he is one of the greatest actors of all time.

Hog Farmer
06-08-2010, 07:52 AM
We both have crazy leaders, I agree

At least their's isn't Muslim

Iowanian
06-08-2010, 02:06 PM
It would be a damn shame if something unfortunate happened to Kim Jong Un.

Crush
06-09-2010, 09:57 AM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/9/n-korea-warns-un-not-discuss-warship-sinking/

N. Korea warns U.N. not to discuss warship sinking

SEOUL (AP) -- North Korea sent the U.N. Security Council a letter warning the world body to not even open debate on the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang, state media reported Wednesday.

South Korea last week officially asked the Security Council to punish North Korea after an international investigation said a North Korean torpedo attack sunk a South Korean ship in March, killing 46 sailors. North Korea flatly denies responsibility and says any punishment would trigger war.

Sin Son Ho, North Korea's permanent representative at the United Nations, sent Security Council President Claude Heller a letter Tuesday saying the council must not open a debate on the "the unilaterally forged" investigation results because that would fringe upon the North's sovereignty, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch from Pyongyang.

"No one would dare imagine how serious its consequences would be" over security on the Korean peninsula if the debate starts, Mr. Sin said in the letter, according to the KCNA dispatch.

Mr. Sin said the U.N. council instead should take steps helping South Korea and the United States accept North Korean inspectors to verify the investigation results, it said.

The ship sinking is the first inter-Korean provocation in which the South has taken the North to the Security Council, despite a history of attacks by the North since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Security Council has several choices: a resolution with or without new sanctions against North Korea, a weaker presidential statement calling for specific actions, or a press statement.

The Security Council earlier imposed sanctions against North Korea after its two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. These include U.N. embargoes on nuclear and ballistic-missile-related items and technology, on arms exports and imports except light weapons, and on luxury goods.

Mr. Flopnuts
06-09-2010, 11:49 AM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/9/n-korea-warns-un-not-discuss-warship-sinking/

N. Korea warns U.N. not to discuss warship sinking

SEOUL (AP) -- North Korea sent the U.N. Security Council a letter warning the world body to not even open debate on the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang, state media reported Wednesday.

South Korea last week officially asked the Security Council to punish North Korea after an international investigation said a North Korean torpedo attack sunk a South Korean ship in March, killing 46 sailors. North Korea flatly denies responsibility and says any punishment would trigger war.

Sin Son Ho, North Korea's permanent representative at the United Nations, sent Security Council President Claude Heller a letter Tuesday saying the council must not open a debate on the "the unilaterally forged" investigation results because that would fringe upon the North's sovereignty, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch from Pyongyang.

"No one would dare imagine how serious its consequences would be" over security on the Korean peninsula if the debate starts, Mr. Sin said in the letter, according to the KCNA dispatch.

Mr. Sin said the U.N. council instead should take steps helping South Korea and the United States accept North Korean inspectors to verify the investigation results, it said.

The ship sinking is the first inter-Korean provocation in which the South has taken the North to the Security Council, despite a history of attacks by the North since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Security Council has several choices: a resolution with or without new sanctions against North Korea, a weaker presidential statement calling for specific actions, or a press statement.

The Security Council earlier imposed sanctions against North Korea after its two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. These include U.N. embargoes on nuclear and ballistic-missile-related items and technology, on arms exports and imports except light weapons, and on luxury goods.

LMAO "We're starving to death here, but we'll fuck you up if you talk any shit!"