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North Korean media spotlighting Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol-ju

North Korean media spotlighting Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol-ju

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SEOUL, April 15 (UPI) -- North Korean media appears to be attempting to raise the profile of Ri Sol-ju, the wife of regime leader Kim Jong Un.The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Ri, without her husband, had attended a performance of "Giselle," staged by the visiting National Ballet of China.The event was held at the Mansudae Theatre in Pyongyang on Saturday, as part of the North's April Spring Friendship Art Festival, which marks the birth of regime founder Kim Il Sung.For the first time, Ri was referred to as the "revered first lady Ri Sol-ju," instead of "comrade Ri Sol-ju," Yonhap reported.The report also spotlighted her activities, although she was accompanied by high-ranking regime officials including Choe Ryong-hae, Ri Su-yong and Kim Yong-chol, as well as her sist...
Kim Jong Un keeps out of public eye following summit announcements

Kim Jong Un keeps out of public eye following summit announcements

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SEOUL, March 20 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have kept out of the public eye for about two weeks, indicating that he is occupied with preparations for upcoming summits with Seoul and Washington, Yonhap reported.Pyongyang's state-run media has not reported on any of Kim's public activities since his meeting with South Korea's presidential envoys on March 6.After the meeting, the envoys announced that Kim had called for an inter-Korean summit in late April, as well as a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.South Korean observers believe the North Korean leader has withdrawn from public events to focus on summit preparations."It looks like he is concentrating on preparations for summits with South Korea and the United States, weighing Washington's intentions, Seoul'...
Kim Jong Nam 'met US agent' before his death

Kim Jong Nam 'met US agent' before his death

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Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, met a Korean-American man on a tourist island before he was assassinated, a court has been told.Mr Kim met the man at a hotel in Langkawi on 9 February last year, according to a witness.Four days later, Mr Kim was dead.Two women - Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong - are on trial accused of rubbing VX nerve agent on Mr Kim's face at Kuala Lumpur's international airport.During Monday's hearing, senior investigating police officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz said that Mr Kim flew from Macau to Kuala Lumpur on 6 February and travelled to the northern island of Langkawi two days later.Mr Kim then met with a Korean American, he said.The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, reporting on the meeting between Mr Kim ...
Kim Jong Un briefed on possible Guam attacks

Kim Jong Un briefed on possible Guam attacks

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Kim Jong Un was briefed today by a North Korean general on the country's plan to launch missiles toward Guam, according to South Korea's largest news agency. "Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present," reads a translated statement by Yonhap, attributed to KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea, of the meeting Kim had with General Kim Rak Gyom. "Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present," the statement added. The war planning came during the leader's visit on Monday to the the headquarters of Strategy Division of the North Korea's People's Army. While there, Kim warned soldiers there to stand ready to st...
Kim Jong Un commemorates death anniversary of North Korea founder

Kim Jong Un commemorates death anniversary of North Korea founder

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July 7 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects to biological grandfather Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang Saturday, local time, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the founder's death on July 8, 1994.Pyongyang's state-controlled KCNA reported Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at 8 a.m.Members of North Korea's armed forces responsible for the "successful" launch of the country's latest missile, the Hwasong-14, accompanied the North Korean leader, according to the North Korean statement.Kim reportedly received a "reception report" from senior officials in North Korea's army, navy and air force at the location. He also offered a basket of flowers before the statues of his ancestors.Kim has observed the death anniversary of North Korea's founder for six consecutive years since ...