World International Affairs North Korea has chosen a new nominal head of state after two decades, appointing a man who helped prepare supreme leader Kim Jong Un for power. The first session of North Korea's 14th Supreme People's Assembly was held Friday. Though North Korea's electoral process has been widely described as a purely ceremonial exercise, shifts in power often give rare indications as to who wields clout in the notoriously secretive state led for three generations by the Kim dynasty. The gathering's first item was to unanimously re-elect Kim Jong Un as chairman of the State Affairs Commission, effectively continuing his absolute rule. Next, a new formal head of state was chosen. State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae—who is also the director of the influential Organization and Guidance Department, responsible for enforcing the Korean Workers' Party's policies—was elected president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's … [Read more...] about North Korea Chooses a New ‘Head of State,’ Latest of Longest-Serving World Leaders to Leave
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World North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un spent his birthday in Beijing during a three-day trip that will likely include a summit alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, with whom he's shored up relations amid an unprecedented warming of ties between Pyongyang and Washington. Kim arrived Tuesday by armored train to the Chinese capital and was accompanied by an entourage that included his wife, Ri Sol Ju, as well as leading senior members of the young ruler's inner cadre. The official Korean Central News Agency reported on Kim's departure Monday, while Chinese officials confirmed that he had arrived on Tuesday at the behest of Xi, who also serves as head of the ruling Communist Party of China. "Chairman Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPC and President Xi Jinping," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Tuesday during a press briefing. "China and the DPRK are close neighbors," he added, … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Spends Birthday With Wife In China but How Old Is He And What Is He Doing There?
Kim Tong-hyung, Associated Press Updated 11:22 pm PST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008, file photo, North Korean defector Hwang Jang Yop, the highest-level Pyongyang official ever to defect to Seoul, delivers a speech to South Korean dispersed families during a ceremony for reunification, and living and dying for their relatives in Seoul, South Korea. Hwang, a former senior member of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, was the chief architect of the North’s governing “juche” ideology of self-reliance and had tutored former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the late father of current ruler Kim Jong Un. less FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008, file photo, North Korean defector Hwang Jang Yop, the highest-level Pyongyang official ever to defect to Seoul, delivers a speech to South Korean dispersed families during a ... more Photo: Lee Jin-man, AP … [Read more...] about A look at high-profile defections from North Korea
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 27, 2018 / 9:00 AM GMT By Alexander Smith North Korea didn't carry out any missile or nuclear tests in 2018 — an apparent vindication of President Donald Trump's unconventional foreign policy approach. But that may not be the victory the president claims. Before and after Trump's election and inauguration, North Korea was conducting a flurry of nuclear and missile tests. The drumbeat reached a peak in 2017, when Kim Jong Un's regime launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles — theoretically capable of striking the United States mainland. It also tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date, which it claimed was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb. Verbal sparring between Trump and Kim escalated and appeared to elevate the threat of a devastating war. Then it all stopped. North Korea conducted its last nuclear test … [Read more...] about North Korea launched no missiles in 2018. But that isn’t necessarily due to Trump.
World International Affairs Donald Trump North Korea has explicitly defined the terms of its denuclearization agreement, leaving the United States with an ultimatum likely to define an unprecedented peace process as it enters a new year experts said would likely be filled with highs and lows for diplomacy in Northeast Asia. As a historic warming between Cold War-era rivals North and South Korea approached its one-year mark, the U.S. has found greater difficulty than its Pacific ally in establishing common ground with the notoriously reclusive government in Pyongyang. Still, President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un have made unprecedented headway in an attempt to solve the decades-long dispute between their nations. A commentary published Thursday in the official Korean Central News Agency outlined exactly what the young ruler meant when he agreed to abandon his nuclear weapons at a landmark conference alongside the Republican leader in June. … [Read more...] about North Korea Finally Told U.S. What It Wants, Experts Say 2019 Will Be ‘Dramatic’ Year for Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un