North Korea commemorates two-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

North Korea commemorates two-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

Dec. 17 (UPI) --Today is the second anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death, and North Koreans marked the occasion by swearing allegiance to his son and their current leader, Kim Jong Un.
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North Koreans pledge loyalty to leader days after uncle's execution

North Koreans pledge loyalty to leader days after uncle's execution

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- North Koreans marked the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death and vowed to follow his son, Kim Jong Un, at a ceremony held Tuesday in a Pyongyang stadium.

North Korean delegate to visit Iran

TEHRAN, July 26 (UPI) -- The Iranian government said Friday it expected the president of the North Korean parliament to attend the August inauguration of President-elect Hassan Rouhani.

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.
Kim Jong Un declared supreme leader of North Korea

Kim Jong Un declared supreme leader of North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Thursday won allegiance as the new supreme head of the reclusive country.

N. Korea's ruling party ends convention

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was appointed to two Workers' Party positions, seen by analysts as part of a father-to-son power transfer.

Kim Jong Il's 68th birthday observed

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's 68th birthday was celebrated in the country Tuesday with songs and dances, the state media reported.

N. Korea backs positive Hatoyama relations

TOKYO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The North Korean government said Thursday it hopes for positive relations with Japan and the country's Prime Minister-designate Yukio Hatoyama.

North Korea remembers late founder Kim

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 8 (UPI) -- A memorial service was held in North Korea Wednesday to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, state media said.

N. Koreans deny leader is ill

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has suffered a stroke but is recovering, a South Korean lawmaker quoted the country's intelligence agency as saying Wednesday.

Deep-cover North Korean spies in Seoul

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The arrest in South Korea of a North Korean spy disguised as a refugee highlights Pyongyang's never-ending espionage activities, despite Seoul's decade-long reconciliation efforts, Seoul officials said Thursday.
LEE JONG-HEON, UPI Correspondent

Economy tones down Kim Il Sung holiday

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 15 (UPI) -- A looming economic crisis caused North Korean officials to tone down celebrations Tuesday marking the birthday of the late Kim Il Sung, analysts said.

Two Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il made an unscheduled appearance at welcoming ceremonies Tuesday for South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in Pyongyang.

N. Korea: Nuclear ball in U.S. court

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Whether North Korea continues it nuclear progress depends on how the United States treats the country, Pyongyang's second-in-command said Wednesday.

S.Korea to raise abduction issue

SEOUL, April 17 (UPI) -- South Korea's Unification Minister said Monday he plans to raise the abduction issue during ministerial talks with North Korea later this week.
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Kim Yong Nam

Kim Yong-nam (born 4 February 1928) is the current North Korean Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, a position held since 1998.

He is considered the de facto head of state of North Korea, as the officeholder of the Chairman of the Presidium. Although he is not de jure head of state of North Korea (as no such office exists), in his capacity as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, he has the role of accepting the credentials of ambassadors, conducting foreign relations and signing treaties. He has held this office since 5 September 1998, and he previously served as foreign minister from 1983 to 1998. Kim represents the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on all state visits and summits and receives visiting heads of state; in theory he, Premier Choe Yong-rim, and Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il form a tripartite executive, each having powers equal to a third of a president's, controlling foreign relations, government, and defense, respectively. In practice, Kim Jong-il is the effective ruler of the country, and the Chairman of the Presidium is considered a junior position.

Kim embarked on a two-week tour of Mongolia, Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Singapore on 20 July 2007. On 18 March 2008, he embarked on a goodwill tour of four African nations. Arriving in Namibia on 20 March he was present for the inauguration of a new presidential residence that was built by North Korea, describing it as a "symbol of friendship" between the two countries; he also held talks with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and signed an agreement on public health cooperation with Pohamba. He subsequently visited Angola, where he met with President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos on 24 March the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he met with President Joseph Kabila on 26 March and Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni on 29 March. He returned to North Korea on 1 April. Kim also attended the Beijing Olympics on 8 August 2008.

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