On today's date in 1948, Kim Il-Sung became the leader of a brand-new Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In the decades that followed, the Kim family would establish an iron-fisted rule while closing itself off almost entirely to the Western world. We don't know a lot about life in North Korea. Show More Summary
Government inaugurates park in Damascus to honour North Korea's founding father Kim Il-Sung.
A half-dozen Russian anatomists, biochemists, and surgeons care for Vladimir Lenin's publicly-displayed preserved body and also that of Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il-sung, and Kim Jong-il. Read the rest
Forty-six years ago today – just before midnight EDT on 14 April 1969 – Deep Sea 129 was shot down by North Korea. Burn in hell, Kim Il-Sung. Burn in hell.
North Korea’s first lady, Ri Sol Ju, made her first public appearance this year on Monday during celebrations marking the birthday of the country’s founding leader Kim Il-sung, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday. Kim Jong Un’s wife was spotted wearing a wedding ring on her left hand, Agence France-Presse reported. Kim and [...]
North Korea’s first lady has appeared in public for the first time this year as part of celebrations marking the birthday of the country’s founding leader Kim Il-Sung, state media said Tuesday. A grinning Ri Sol-Ju, wearing what appeared to be a wedding ring on her left hand, was...
North Korean first lady Ri Sol-Ju has reportedly appeared in public for the first time this year as she took part in celebrations dedicated to the birthday anniversary of the country's founding leader, Kim Il-Sung.
North Korea will launch an upgraded intermediate-range ballistic missile later this week and early next as the Communist state prepares to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of its founding father Kim Il-sung.
Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has reportedly ordered the recruitment of a “pleasure squad” of young women - a family tradition from the days of North Korea’s founding ruler Kim Il-sung. The women are supposed to “entertain”...Show More Summary
In this extra scene, VICE News speaks with a former lieutenant of the North Korean People’s Army about a failed assassination attempt on Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.
From a calendar that starts with the birth of Kim Il-sung to the "Naenara" web browser, Red Star is a study in state-controlled technology. This story contains interviews with Dan Bowerman, IT consultant and editor of the Opening Up North Korea blog; and Martyn Williams, a John S. Show More Summary
Distributed by the Guancha Syndicate SHANGHAI -- August 22 marked the anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's birth 110 years go. Though it has been 17 years since he left us, his eyes, sharp and deep, remain vivid in my memory. Though his demeanor...Show More Summary
North Koreans in Sinuiju, a border city, claim that they were forced to donate metal to a "loyalty fund" for statues of two of North Korea's deceased leaders. The statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were difficult to finance, since North Korea doesn't have an abundant metal supply. Show More Summary
By EURIE HWANG SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un limped onto center stage today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of his grandfather and the nation’s founder, Kim Il-sung. State media broadcasted live footage of the mass memorial, packed with thousands...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was filmed limping across the stage during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of his grandfather Kim Il-sung's death. See also: North Korea's Marathon: A Rare Chance to Tour Pyongyang on Foot State-run...Show More Summary
In 2012, the Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto, on the occasion of Kim Il-Sung’s 100th birthday, went to North Korea for a fifteen-day trip. The experience led him to write a travel memoir, Inside the Secret, which you can read in serialized form online at Ninth Letter magazine. You could also read Pulitzer laureate Adam Johnson’s new […]
This week has been full of news about unorthodox children’s book authors. First, there was Keith Richards’s picture book, and now an Australian academic claims that Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung wrote children’s books, too. “I was astounded that children’s books (purportedly) written by Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung were vastly more readable than one […]
This picture looks a lot like some murals we’ve seen in the past to deify “heros of some revolution”. Compare the photos below. Jo Nova writes: A friend at Curtin University, Western Australia reports that a new mysterious and imposing … Continue reading ?
Alejandro Cao de Benos holding a pin of Kim Il-sung. (All photos courtesy of Alejandro Cao de Benos.) This weekend saw the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. While you no doubt spent Saturday toasting the memory of the fatherland's...Show More Summary
Despite their reputation for irrationality, North Korean leaders have always been masterful strategists. The country’s founding leader and eternal president, Kim Il-Sung, masterfully exploited the Sino-Soviet split throughout the Cold War to extract aid from both without having to offer much in return. Show More Summary