Daniel L. Davis History, Asia If only U.S. military planners had thought a little differently. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) under Marshal Kim Il-sung launched a no-notice invasion of South Korea. Many areShow More Summary
The Westerners lined up on Sunday before giant statues of North Korea?s founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il and, on command from their guide, bowed deeply. It is a ritual that the Trump administration intends to...Show More Summary
Many years ago, I was in Albania, which for almost 40 years had been a totalitarian state, ruled by one man: Enver Hoxha. “Sole Force,” they called him. There was nothing else like it on earth, except for Kim Il-sung’s North Korea. Nosing...Show More Summary
AS A young artist starting out in what is now North Korea, Seung-Taek Lee recalls being asked by a party official if he could make a statue of Kim Il-Sung, the new country's founding dictator. It was a painful business, and his first few efforts collapsed.
NORTH KOREAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS: North Korea has them. Assessing the chemical artillery. North Korea is believed to have placed a high priority on chemical weapons ever since Kim Il-sung’s “Declaration of Chemicalization” in 1961. But the quantity, quality, and durability of the North Korean chemical arsenal are unknown. In the 1970s, intelligence estimates by the […]
Kyle Mizokami Security, Asia The ultimate primer. North Korea’s ballistic missile program dates back to 1965, when leader Kim Il-sung decided that, were war to break out, North Korea would need a way to hit U.S. bases in Japan. Thus...Show More Summary
Adam Rawnsley Security, Asia In December, Kim Il-sung would once again pledge to forcibly reunify the Korean peninsula. Within a matter of weeks, the North would set it motion its most dramatic effort to fulfill that promise. In theShow More Summary
There’s too much foreign policy winning going on here. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus defended President Donald Trump’s decision to invite Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, saying the visit is necessary to work together against North Korea. “This is a different level of problem that we need cooperation among our […]
North Korea recently celebrated its national holiday, the Day of the Sun, commemorating the birth of the founder of the communist hermit-nation, Kim Il-Sung. In true communist fashion, the holiday was marked by a large military parade...Show More Summary
North Korea has effectively had three leaders: Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un. Donald Trump may not realize these are three different people.
Robert Beckhusen Security, Asia Pyongyang wheeled out faster-firing launchers during Kim Il-sung's birthday bash. North Korea didn’t celebrate Kim Il-sung’s birthday with a nuclear test, although there was never much indication that it would now, and the regime seemed to downplay it. Show More Summary
North Korea unveiled what could be a new intercontinental ballistic missile at a giant military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday, analysts said. Nearly 60 missiles rolled through Kim Il-Sung Square at an event to mark the 105th anniversary of the North's founder, in a show of strength as tensions mount over the isolated nation's military ambitions. Show More Summary
For all the expectations of a North Korean nuke test, the country's "Day of the sun" celebrations ended up being a relatively subdued affair, with Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of its founding leader Kim Il-sung with a military...Show More Summary
During the ‘Day of the Sun’ military parade marking the 105th birthday of its founding president Kim Il-Sung, North Korea unveiled what BBC reports “appeared to be new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.” North Korea was expected to conduct their 6th nuclear test on this significant anniversary. Show More Summary
It’s the 105th anniversary of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung, which means there will be the usual celebration and bluster from one of the...
Hundreds of foreigners lined up in Pyongyang's Kim Il-Sung Stadium on Sunday for the city's annual marathon, the highlight of the tourism calendar in isolated North Korea. The 40,000-plus capacity ground was packed for the event, the...Show More Summary
The massive Juche Tower was a birthday present from North Korea to its original Great Leader. "Juche" was the ideology Comrade Kim Il-sung structured his empire around, which roughly translates to "self-reliance." In loosest terms, it...Show More Summary
On Mansu Hill in North Korea's capital city, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il stand a staggering 20 meters of bronze. This memorial monument allows the Great Leaders—who are immortal in the eyes of the people—to be remembered forever. ItShow More Summary
Remember about six weeks ago, when North Korea attempted to test-fire their new “Musudan” IRBM in honor of the 104th birthday of North Korea’s “eternal president”, Kim Il-Sung? Remember that the test was reportedly a failure? Well, it appears that the “fine, stalwart engineers” in NorK-Land’s missile development program gave it another go again yesterday. And, […]
Doug Bandow Politics, North Korea A DPRK newspaper calls Kim Il-sung "the God who rules today's human world." North Korea without doubt is unique. If nothing else, its claimed accomplishments rival the faux Russian achievements cited by Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek. Show More Summary