Rep. Rogers: Kim Jong Un stability a worry

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday there's increased worry about North Korea's nuclear capabilities because of Kim Jong Un's questionable stability.

North Korean leader visits military base

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un toured an anti-aircraft unit just days after the country's nuclear test, the official media said Thursday.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.
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Pillay wants rights probe of North Korea

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- An independent inquiry into the human rights situation in North Korea is justified and long overdue, the top U.N. human rights official said.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
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Pyongyang's 'Never-ending story'

Pyongyang's 'Never-ending story'

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The story is the same in North Korea, which seems more intent on nuclear weapons programs and honoring its leaders than feeding its people, the author says.
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North Korean rocket launch

North Korean rocket launch

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- North Korea's Kim Jong Un gave himself a nice present at year-end to mark the first anniversary of his succession to power in the secretive country with a satellite space launch using ballistic missile technology, disregarding world opinion and U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Park puts security top concern for Seoul

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye put top priority on national security, saying North Korea's successful long-range rocket launch shows the "grave" situation between the two Koreas.
Seoul's new leader wary of North Korea

Seoul's new leader wary of North Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A rocket launch by North Korea is an indication of how serious the situation on the Korean Peninsula is, South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye said.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
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N. Korea reopens Kim family mausoleum

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- To celebrate the first anniversary of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Monday, North Korea unveiled a renovated mausoleum for the ruling Kim family.

U.S. irked by North Korean activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The North Koreans are clearly working to counter U.S. efforts to ensure the stability of the Korean Peninsula, the top U.S. military official said.

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N. Korea commemorates Kim Jong Il's death

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- North Korea held a mass rally Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il, officials said.

Defiant North Korea launches rocket

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- North Korea Wednesday reported the successful launch of a satellite into space aboard a long-range rocket fired in defiance of international and U.N. warnings.
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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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