All posts tagged: succession in North Korea

Updates on Sino-North Korean Relations

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Cultural Politics / Environmental Politics in East Asia / Huanqiu Shibao / North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Chinese TV reports that preparations are underway for North Korean heir apparent Kim Jong Eun to visit CCP leaders in Beijing in “late April or early May.” Accordingly, a rather critical report on the Huanqiu Shibao website asserting that North Korean nuclear facilities in Yongbyon were leaking radioactivity (why else would Kim Jong Il avoid the place so assiduously?) has been taken down in favor of a more innocuous report from the Wall Street Journal […]

Death of Chang Song U / DPRK updates

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American Foreign Policy / North Korea / North Korea-Japan relations / US-North Korea relations

Surprisingly, this story seems not yet to have been picked up by English-language media.  Chang Song U, the brother of Chang Song Taek and a higher-up in the DPRK bureaucracy, was reported on August 25 by KCNA to have died.  Kim Jong Il was said to be saddened; much more detail is available in Chinese. In the meantime, North Korean media is celebrating Youth Day, talking almost daily about pro-NK activities in war-torn Mexico, and […]

‘He experienced the Western culture in its best form’ : An Interview with Kim Jong-un’s Classmate in Bern

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German / North Korea

Elisalex Hexel, “Kim Jong-un played football, had humor, and loved comics,” Die Welt am Sonntag, June 7, 2009. Translated from the German original by Adam Cathcart. From an interview with Kim Jong-un’s classmate, who wishes to remain anonymous. I cannot really remember anymore precisely when he came to the International School of Berne (ISB).  It must have been 1993 or 1994.  He introduced himself as Chol Pak and was at that time about eleven years old. His […]