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North Korea defectors to testify at U.N. forum on human rights

North Korea defectors to testify at U.N. forum on human rights

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) --Two defectors from North Korea are expected to participate in a human rights forum next week at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
JC Finley
Kim Jong Un misses Workers' Party anniversary amid rumors of coup

Kim Jong Un misses Workers' Party anniversary amid rumors of coup

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 10 (UPI) --North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un continued Friday when he missed a major ceremony marking the anniversary of the Workers' Party.
Gabrielle Levy
With North Korea's Kim Jong Un out of sight, spotlight on little sister

With North Korea's Kim Jong Un out of sight, spotlight on little sister

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 9 (UPI) --Amid speculation on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's prolonged absence from public sight, attention is turning to younger sister Kim Yo Jong.
JC Finley
Has North Korea's Kim Jong Un been deposed?

Has North Korea's Kim Jong Un been deposed?

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 6 (UPI) --Rumors that North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has been deposed have heightened in intensity following a surprise delegation to the South.
Gabrielle Levy
Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' will be cut to please North Korea

Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' will be cut to please North Korea

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Sony Pictures is planning to cut "The Interview" following months of complaints by the North Korean government over the film's plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
Veronica Linares

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, April 7, 2014.
By United Press International
North Korea unveils new space agency logo

North Korea unveils new space agency logo

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 3 (UPI) -- Today, North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration, or NADA, unveiled their new logo; and it looks a lot like NASA's.
Brooks Hays

Kim Jong Un visits father's grave on late leader's birthday

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marked his late father's birthday Sunday by paying respects to the former leader, state media reported.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
By United Press International

Report: Relatives of executed uncle of Kim also killed in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Recent executions in North Korea under Kim Jong Un targeted not only his uncle but relatives of the man, including children, sources told Yonhap.

S. Korea cautious about N. Korean provocations despite gesture

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- South Korea Thursday asked its military to stay alert to any North Korean provocation as it looked into the North's latest offer to improve ties.

North Korean leader says uncle's execution good for country

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Purges, including the execution of his uncle, helped remove "factionalists lurking in the party," North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.
By United Press International

South Korea's NIS: Business issues possible factor in Jang's execution

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Business-related disputes may have played into the execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's once-powerful uncle, South Korean intelligence officials say.

Relatives of Kim Jong Un's uncle imprisoned

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Several hundred relatives of the recently executed uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been rounded up and imprisoned or killed, reports said.
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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
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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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