North Korea troops take up karaoke

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is boosting troop morale by handing out karaoke machines, which have eased tensions in the ranks and furthered camaraderie.

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.

South Korea denies U.S. nukes in country

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun dismissed as untrue Friday repeated claims by North Korea that the United States has nuclear weapons in the south.

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U.N. North Korea edict includes luxuries

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- This may be a different holiday season in North Korea where a U.N. edict against nuclear technology includes luxury consumer items favored by the ruling elite. The United Nations left which goods would be included in the ban to various member nations. The

North Koreans celebrate nuclear test

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- North Koreans, facing threatened sanctions and near universal denunciation, are celebrating last month's test of the country's first nuclear device. North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Il, led the rallies throughout the capital, Pyongyang, the London Telegraph

Bush: N.Korea just making threats

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush downplayed the threat posed by North Korea, saying Pyongyang has made threats before.

China says N. Korea plans no second test

BEIJING, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- China says North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has told officials his country is not planning to conduct a second nuclear test on the heels of the Oct. 9 blast. The official People's Daily quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao as saying Kim h

China not optimistic about talk resumption

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Japanese lawmaker visiting China said his hosts are not optimistic about an early resumption of the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. Ichiro Aisawa, a member of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters that based on his talks wit

China's N. Korea policy changes

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- China has so toughened its North Korea policy in the wake of that country's Oct. 9 nuclear test there's even talk of a regime change in the north. Recent Chinese policy changes include a decision by four major banks to stop transfers and a two-third cut i

New evidence of N. Korean resistance

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A resistance movement in North Korea has emerged, as evidenced by a video of an execution of a woman by firing squad, a report says.

Rice criticizes Russia on several matters

MOSCOW, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Moscow to discuss U.N. sanctions against North Korea, criticized the Russian government on several issues. Rice's remarks to reporters on press freedoms, Russia's law for foreign private groups and tensions wit

Rice discounts N. Korea 'regret' over test

MOSCOW, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday in Moscow she doubted reports North Korea's dictator had "regretted" its underground nuclear test. "I don't know whether Kim Jong Il said any such thing referring to whether he regretted the test or n

Kim says N.Korea plans no more nuke tests

BEIJING, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, speaking to Chinese officials, said Pyongyang is not planning a second nuclear test.

China likely to be tough with N. Korea

BEIJING, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- China's leadership is prepared to play tough with North Korea in an effort to get it back to negotiations on its nuclear program, The New York Times reported.
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Kim Jong Il
China's state television shows footage of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's body laying in state in Pyongyang December 20, 2011. China on Monday offered its "deep condolences" on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, which analysts said will spur China's leaders to boost ties with Pyongyang to prevent instability. UPI/Stephen Shaver

Kim Jong-Il (sometimes spelled Kim Yong-Il to avoid confusion with the North Korean leader), born 11 September 1962, is a retired South Korean long jumper, best known for winning two gold medals at the Asian Games. He also competed in the Olympics twice, and was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics. His personal best jump was 8.00 metres, achieved in August 1988 in Seoul. After retiring as an active athlete, he turned to a career in coaching and academics.

Kim Jong-Il was born on 11 September 1962, and is a native of Jincheon. He became a member of the national track and field team in 1979, and first made his mark internationally by winning the gold medal in long jump at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. His jump of 7.94 metres was the second best Asian Games result of all times, only behind T.C. Yohannan's winning jump of 8.07 metres in 1974. Kim beat second-placed Liu Yuhuang with a slim margin of five centimetres, and third-placed Junichi Usui with seven centimetres.

Two years later, Kim participated in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Entering the qualifying round at the long jump competition, where one would need to finish among the top twelve or achieve at least 7.90 metres to reach the final, Kim began his competition with a non-valid jump. His second jump measured 7.67 metres, in a head wind of 2.5 m/s, which was not enough to progress. However, with his final qualifying jump measuring 7.87 metres, he finished ninth in total, thus making it to the finals—together with fellow Asians Junichi Usui (8.02 m) and Liu Yuhuang (7.83 m). In the final round, Kim opened with jumps of 7.76 and 7.81 metres. The latter jump ranked him in eighth place, the threshold necessary to get a further three jumps after the first three. Failing to capitalize on this opportunity, with two jumps of 7.77 and 7.59 as well as two fouls he remained in eighth place. Nonetheless, he was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics.

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