Kim Jong Il

2nd 'Mr. X' the central figure behind agreement on abduction issue
The delegation of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, right, and North Korean officials kick off a working-level meeting on May 26 in Stockholm. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Japanese government got its first inkling in 2011 that North Korea had a new key figure for bilateral negotiations.
Photo shows North Korea's Kim with 'personal' airliner
Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, walk down the steps of what appears to be his personal airliner. (From Rodong Sinmun's website)
SEOUL--A photograph showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apparently with his own “Air Force One” was released for the first time in the impoverished country.
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Desperate North Korean women vulnerable to ...
Women offer flowers to statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in the Mansudae district of Pyongyang on Jan. 1, 2013. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
A 21-year-old North Korean woman was given a choice in 1998: defect to China and face a life of sex slavery or remain in her homeland and risk starving to death.
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Defectors provide mountain of evidence...
North Koreans place flowers in front of giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on Feb. 16, the 72nd anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Il. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
There's a sameness to the grim stories of hardship told by North Korean defectors that leaves no doubt about the brutality of the regime in Pyongyang.
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Oppression, corruption define life in...
Children play in rice fields in Sinuiju, North Korea, in front of a home with a collapsed roof in July 2013. Sinuiju lies across the border from Dandong, China. (Koichiro Ishida)
Human rights abuses committed by North Korea's isolated regime are every bit as bad as those of Nazi Germany and during apartheid in South Africa, says the head of a U.N....
Kim Jong Un's associates elected to Supreme People's Assembly
Kim Jong Un casts his ballot in the Supreme People's Assembly election in Pyongyang on March 9. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Kim Jong Un further solidified his grip on power in North Korea after a number of close associates were elected to the Supreme People’s Assembly.
North Koreans keep defecting as trade with China shrinks
Synchronized swimmers perform in an exhibition to commemorate the late Kim Jong Il's birthday on Feb. 15 in Pyongyang. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SHENYANG, China--Despite renewed calls for solidarity under North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, the stream of defectors to China has continued since Kim shocked the world with a...
North Korea claims strength after removal of "filth"
A man watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 1. Kim boasted that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth."  (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--Kim Jong Un boasted on Jan. 1 that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth"--a reference to ...
Clash over coal interests may be behind Jang's execution
The Asahi Shimbun
SEOUL--The execution of North Korea’s de facto No. 2 leader, Jang Song Thaek, earlier this month may have resulted from a conflict over coal concessions, a South Korean...
Kim Jong Un emphasizes dynastic bloodline with memorials to father,...
Bronze statues of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung were unveiled in Wonsan, North Korea, on Dec. 22. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Giant bronze statues of former North Korean leaders of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung were unveiled in a special ceremony Dec. 22 in the port city of Wonsan in the...
Pyongyang intensifying efforts to deify Kim Jong Un
Workers attend a mass gathering on Dec. 20 in Pyongyang to pledge loyalty to Kim Jong Un. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Reclusive North Korea is going all-out to turn its leader Kim Jong Un into a figure of veneration on a par with his late father and grandfather.
Kim Jong Un marks father's death by promoting key aides
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands at the center of the podium at a memorial service to mark the two-year anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on Dec. 17. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promoted some of his aides to cement his grip on power following the execution of his uncle and the regime’s No. 2 man, Jang Song...
Military shows loyalty to Kim Jong Un, defectors mourn loss of Jang
Members of the Korean People's Army gather at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Dec. 16 to pledge loyalty toward Kim Jong Un. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
Thousands of military officers and soldiers formed immaculate lines in Pyongyang on Dec. 16 in a show of loyalty to the increasingly demanding North Korean regime led by Kim...
N. Koreans honor Kim Jong Il on 2nd anniversary of ruler's death
Citizens offer flowers and silent prayers in front of bronze statues of Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding president, and Kim Jong Il, his son and successor, in Pyongyang's Mangyongdae district on Dec. 16, the eve of the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
A memorial service was held in Pyongyang on Dec. 17 to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, former supreme leader of North Korea.
North Korean leader's influential aunt remains in power after...
Kim Kyong Hui, far left, attends a concert with Kim Jong Un, far right, and his wife Ri Sol Ju. (Provided by Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential aunt Kim Kyong Hui remains a part of the regime's inner circle, even after the execution of her husband last week, the...
ANALYSIS: Jang's execution likely to alienate ordinary North...
In this Sept. 9 file image taken from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, waves to spectators and participants of a military parade in Pyongyang celebrating the 65th anniversary of the country's founding as then Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission Jang Song Thaek, third from right, claps his hands. (AP file photo)
Kim Jong Un was following in the family tradition of eliminating potential political threats with the swift execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, long considered the de...
INTERVIEW/ Kim Yeon-su: North Korean leader chooses path of...
Kim Yeon-su (Photo by Akira Nakano)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un showed he is siding with hard-liners in Pyongyang by ousting his reform-minded uncle, Jang Song Thaek, an expert on North Korean politics and...
North Korea purges Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, is followed by his uncle Jang Song Thaek, second from left, and Yang Hyong Sop, left, vice president of the Presidium of North Korea's parliament, as he tours the newly opened Fatherland Liberation War Museum as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang on July 27. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--North Korea announced on Dec. 9 that it has purged leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, considered the country's second most powerful official, accusing him of...
North Korea's Kim seen behind sacking of powerful uncle
Jang Song Thaek, second from right, arrives at Beijing Airport on Aug. 13, 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have dismissed a powerful uncle, a man key to his rise to power, from his posts, South Korean lawmakers said on Dec. 3, a...
Koreans in Japan testify after disappointing return to North Korea
The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), chaired by Michael Kirby, held two days of public hearings...