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.
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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.

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

Japan announces result of DNA tests

TOKYO, April 11 (UPI) -- Japan says DNA tests show that a South Korean man abducted by North Korea is the father of the daughter of a Japanese woman also kidnapped to North Korea.

Kim Jong Il wants nuclear-free peninsula

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 14 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has told a visiting Chinese envoy his country's goal is a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. China's presidential envoy Tang Jiaxuan met Kim in Pyongyang Wednesday. He brought a message from President Hu Jintao, expressing hope

S.Korea's high-level mission visits North

SEOUL, June 14 (UPI) -- South Korea's high-profile government delegation left for North Korea on Tuesday for joint events to mark the anniversary of the 2000 Korean summit.

S. Korea, N. Korea agree talks are needed

JAKARTA, April 23 (UPI) -- South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae Chan and North Korean official Kim Yong Nam agreed Saturday in Jakarta that talks are needed.

N.Korea postpones parliamentary session

PYONGYANG, North Korea, March 4 (UPI) -- North Korea said Friday it would postpone its legislative session due to start next week, without giving any explanation.

U.S. lawmaker: N.Korea ready to join talks

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- North Korea is expected to rejoin six-nation talks on its nuclear weapons program within weeks, a U.S. congressional delegation said in Seoul Friday.

N.Korea decrees mourning period for Arafat

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- North Korea decreed an official mourning period for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, calling him its "close friend," Pyongyang's official media said Friday.

China vague on aid to North Korea

BEIJING, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue gave cryptic answers Tuesday as to the forms of aid her country is offering to the regime ruling North Korea.

China to revive stalled N. Korea talks

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- North Korea's No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, arrived in Beijing Monday as China renewed efforts to revive six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.