Promotion of generals may signal changes in North Korean military

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- North Korea's armed forces minister has been promoted to full general, possibly signaling a change at the top levels of the country's military, officials say.

Pyongyang opts for young defense minister

SEOUL, May 14 (UPI) -- North Korea replaced its hard-line defense minister with a younger and little known commander, Gen. Jang Jong-nam.

North Korea reportedly names younger head of defense ministry

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 13 (UPI) -- North Korea has named a younger military officer to head the nation's army, possibly signaling Pyongyang wants to reduce political tensions, an analyst says.

N. Korea leader taps successor

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea, has tapped his third son, Kim Jong Un, to be his successor, sources said Thursday.

Unknown Kim Jong Il son emerges

TOKYO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A previously unknown third son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has emerged as a contender for power in Pyongyang, an analyst says.

Film renews health talk of N. Korea's Kim

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's oldest son in Paris apparently meeting with a top brain surgeon has reignited concerns about the leader's health.

North Korea more dangerous after Kim Jong Il's stroke

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il really is ailing, but he is far from dead yet.

Son of Kim Jong-il living in Macao

MACAO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Kim Jong-nam, the oldest son of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, is reportedly living with his family in Macao, the former island colony now part of China.

North Korea could survive leader's death

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A report by South Korea's National Assembly has concluded that the political system of North Korea will likely survive beyond the death of leader Kim Jong Il.

Kim son targeted in assassination plot

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reportedly survived an assassination attempt in Austria, The Korea Times reported Sunday.
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