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.

N. Korea may be ready to test missile

BEIJING, May 22 (UPI) -- North Korea may be preparing a test launch of a long-range missile that could reach Hawaii, Alaska or the western coast of the United States.

S.Korean ex-president to visit N.Korea

SEOUL, May 17 (UPI) -- North and South Korea agreed Wednesday that former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung will visit Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Ethnic Koreans in Japan agree to cooperate

TOKYO, May 17 (UPI) -- Top leaders of pro-Seoul and pro-Pyongyang Korean residents' groups in Japan met for the first time Wednesday in Tokyo to end half a century of enmity.

S.Korea's Roh ready to meet North's Kim

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, May 10 (UPI) -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has repeated his readiness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il "anytime, anywhere" for talks "on any issues." Roh, in Mongolia for a three-day visit, Tuesday reiterated that South Koreans do not desire the coll

N.Korea views 2002 pact with Japan as key

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 14 (UPI) -- North Korea said Friday that the country's problems with Japan, including abduction issues, should be solved using a 2002 pact signed by their two leaders. In a meeting with Kyodo News and its member news organizations, Supreme People's Assembly Presidium

Koreas need U.S. forces after unification

SEOUL, March 16 (UPI) -- South Korean minister emphasized Thursday the necessary of the U.S. forces stationed in Korean peninsula even after the unification of the two Koreans. "We must see the U.S. Forces Korea as a constant," Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok said, indicati

China shares economy plan with North Korea

BEIJING, March 1 (UPI) -- North Korea may be leaving the nuclear talks table to join China in economic reforms that could allow Kim Jong Il to stay in power.

Railroad to link Russia, two Koreas

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Russia and South Korea are coming closer to an agreement on connecting a Trans-Korean Railroad to the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Russia's railway head has said. Vladimir Yakunin, the president of Russian Railways, said Sunday that the negotiations were bein

North and South Korea plan second summit

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- South and North Korea have agreed to hold their second summit this year, Seoul's former unification minister told visiting Japanese reporters.

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Former South Korea leader to visit North

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said he wants to take a train to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-il.

China confirms Kim Jong Il's visit

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- China has published photos of President Hu Jintao and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meeting in Beijing, officially confirming Kim's secretive China visit.
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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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