Two Koreas begin another round of talks on Kaesong complex

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 17 (UPI) -- North and South Korea, unable to reach agreement in earlier rounds, met again Wednesday to negotiate the reopening of their idled Kaesong industrial complex.

New round of North-South Korea talks on Kaesong begin

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 14 (UPI) -- North and South Korea Monday began a new round of talks on reopening their joint Kaesong industrial park after earlier negotiations failed to produce agreement.

No agreement on Kaesong talks, two Koreas to meet again

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 11 (UPI) -- North and South Korea failed to reach agreement on resuming operations at their joint Kaesong industrial complex but agreed to meet again Monday.
Two Koreas discuss reopening Kaesong

Two Koreas discuss reopening Kaesong

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 10 (UPI) -- North and South Korea, following up on their weekend meeting, began working-level talks Wednesday on reopening their idled Kaesong industrial complex.
N. Korea proposes Kaesong talks, Seoul may agree

N. Korea proposes Kaesong talks, Seoul may agree

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 6 (UPI) -- North Korea Thursday proposed official talks with South Korea on the Kaesong inter-Korean industrial sector where operations were suspended in early April.
North Korea tries fax diplomacy with Seoul

North Korea tries fax diplomacy with Seoul

SEOUL, May 23 (UPI) -- South Korean authorities said they received a faxed statement from North Korea proposing joint activities to mark the anniversary of a cooperation agreement.

Abe for talks with N. Korea on abduction issue

TOKYO, May 19 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will keep pressuring North Korea to settle the unresolved issue of the abductions of Japanese nationals.

Japanese official meets North Korean officials

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 17 (UPI) -- Japanese official Isao Iijima, who made a surprise visit to North Korea this week, met with that country's No. 2 leader, the North's official media said.

Reports: Japanese official on unannounced trip to North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 15 (UPI) -- An adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made an unannounced trip to North Korea but the object of the visit wasn't clear, U.S. media said.

Pentagon: N. Korea nears nuclear missile that could hit U.S. mainland

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- North Korea's progress in developing nuclear weapons that could reach the United States depends on continued missile and nuclear tests, a Pentagon report said.
U.S. military official: Nothing seen to back up N. Korea's rhetoric

U.S. military official: Nothing seen to back up N. Korea's rhetoric

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Despite the threats, nothing indicates North Korea is planning an attack and it could be looking for a way to retreat from the tensions, a U.S. official said.

N. Korea issues new threat

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 15 (UPI) -- North Korea's military, reacting to an anti-North rally in South Korea, Tuesday threatened retaliation without warning if there were more such events.

N. Korea observes birthday of founder

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 15 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Monday paid tribute to his late grandfather Kim Il Sung on his 101st birthday, even as his regime kept up its war-like posture.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 7, 2013.
By United Press International

Power couple: Kim Jong Un's aunt, uncle

SEOUL, April 1 (UPI) -- While North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un portrays himself as a tough-talking leader, his aunt and uncle are the country's real power, analysts say.
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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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