Bush: Kim government intransigent

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush said Wednesday bilateral talks with North Korea have not worked and he will not make the same mistake again.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006.
By United Press International

Kim clones make N. Korea appearances

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il apparently has a couple of spitting-image doubles who stand in for him at public appearances.

N. Korea's Kim Jong-Il cozies up to China

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- North Korea's Kim Jong-Il has reportedly been taking measures to firm up his relationship with key ally, China.

Report: N. Korea has nuclear capability

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may be in Beijing to mend fences after last month's missile tests, as South Korea admits the North has nuclear capability. South Korean media quoted in London's Guardian newspaper said "satellites have tracked a special Nor

China stays friends with North Korea

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- In a recent high-level discussion, Chinese officials decided to maintain friendly ties with North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Il.

Democrats pull ad after Hispanics complain

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has removed an ad from its Web site after Hispanic groups complained it equated illegal immigrants with terrorists.

S. Korean charged with illegal export

YAMAGUCHI, Japan, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A South Korean man has been charged with arranging the illegal export of a freeze dryer to North Korea, which could use it for biological weapons research.

N. Korean leader marries secretary: Yonhap

SEOUL, July 23 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has married his former secretary two years after his wife died of cancer, it was reported Sunday.

North Korea braces for 'all-out war'

SEOUL, July 9 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has vowed no compromise in its nuclear program and says he is braced for "all-out war" with the United States.

U.S. missile detection system readied

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The new U.S. missile-interception system reportedly has been readied in the event of a launch of long-range ballistic missiles by North Korea.

N. Korea: Missile ban deal not relevant

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 21 (UPI) -- A North Korean official says it is not bound by its own moratorium on long-range missile tests as it apparently prepared Wednesday to carry out such a test.

N.Korea gets warnings about missile test

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 19 (UPI) -- North Korea's fueling of an intercontinental missile is complete, but the country has been sternly warned against any launch that can reach the United States.

Japan takes tough stand on Korean missile

TOKYO, June 19 (UPI) -- Japan will take hard-line stance if North Korea launches a long-range missile, Japan's top spokesman said Monday.

N. Korean missile test plans suspected

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Satellite images lead U.S. intelligence officials to suspect North Korea is about to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, the Financial Times reports.
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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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