When in the tiny Russian settlement of Vyatskoye, on the banks of the Amur River, which divides the Russian Far East and north-east China, a son was born to a Soviet army captain, he was given the Russian name Yuri, despite his parents both being ethnic Koreans. Today, North Korean schoolchildren are taught that the first child of the future founder of their country, Kim Il Sung, was born in February 1942 in a log cabin atop the highest mountain on the Korean peninsula, where his father headed a partisan unit. In actual fact, in February 1942 the fate of Kim Il Sung was bound far more closely to Russia than his native Korea. Guerrillas in the mist The Soviet odyssey of the first dictator of the future North Korea began with a raid by Korean partisans against Japanese forces occupying the Korean peninsula. Japanese colonial policy was fiercely resisted by local inhabitants, and some had formed guerrilla groups to fight off the invaders. Among them was the future founder of the North … [Read more...] about How North Korea’s Kim Il Sung was shaped by the USSR
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The Spectator 16 June 2018 9:00 AM 16 June 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Home Negotiations over Brexit acquired an even stronger admixture of chaos and old night. Phillip Lee resigned as a little-known justice minister over Brexit, saying: ‘The 2016 referendum is detrimental to the people we are elected to serve.’ The government managed to reject in the Commons by 324 to 298 a Lords amendment on giving Parliament a ‘meaningful vote’ on a Brexit deal, after Theresa May, the Prime Minister, met rebels and promised that parts of an amendment by Dominic Grieve would be accepted. The white paper on Brexit will not now be published before the European Council summit later this month; warring cabinet ministers were invited to Chequers to discuss it. David Davis decided not to resign as Brexit Secretary after it was agreed that a backstop solution to the Irish border quandary (by retaining ties to the EU customs … [Read more...] about Portrait of the week: Theresa May dodges a Commons Brexit defeat and Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un
KIM Jong-un and North Korea's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons has heightened global tensions and escalated the risk of military conflict with the US. But very little is known about the dictator behind the military regime. Here is everything we do know. Kim is the second child of his predecessor as Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-il and his wife Kim Yong-hui. North Korean authorities have stated that his birth date is January 8, 1982, but South Korean intelligence officials believe the actual date is a year later.But records at the Swiss school he attended say he was born on July 5, 1984 putting him anywhere between 33 and 35-years-of-age. Kim attended an English language school near Bern before later going to the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Koniz using the name "Pak Un". “He was a good friend,” Bern chef Joao Micaelo, who attended Liebefeld-Steinhölzli with Kim for two years, told the Daily Beast. “We had a lot of fun together. He was a good … [Read more...] about How old is Kim Jong-un, who is his wife and when did North Korea’s Supreme Leader visit the South?
We don’t know what Kim Jong-un is planning, but even getting him to the summit is a positive move by Donald Trump, writes Yoon Young-kwanHas North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong-un, made a strategic decision to trade away his nuclear programme, or is he just engaged in another round of deceptive diplomacy, pretending that he will denuclearise in exchange for material benefits for his impoverished country?This is, perhaps, the key question in the run-up to the summit between Kim and US president Donald Trump in Singapore. Until then, no one will know the answer, perhaps not even Kim himself.Optimists tend to believe that Kim’s declared intention to denuclearise is sincere. They highlight the fact that North Korea’s economy has changed fundamentally since he succeeded his father, Kim Jong-il, in 2011.It is now more open, with foreign trade accounting for almost half of GDP, the result of a gradual marketisation process that began in the mid-1990s. But with this openness … [Read more...] about It’s good to talk — especially if North Korea will co-operate
Lee Cheol cannot remember how many times he was forced to gather with his fellow soldiers at an airfield outside Pyongyang in North Korea and watch as firing squads executed enemies of the state. But one thing he does remember is that these public displays of violence increased under Kim Jong-un. “I was very traumatised, I couldn’t eat or sleep for days,” Lee says, recalling the first time he was made to watch teams of soldiers unload their AK-47s into the condemned. “I remember the sound of a person being hit by a bullet, it’s very different from the sound of a target, but after seeing it so many times I became numb.” Lee spent nearly eight years in the North Korean army, starting when he was 16. It was his only chance at a better life, and of going to university. But his military career was marked with intense violence that included public executions and regular beatings doled out on his unit as a form of collective punishment. It is estimated that … [Read more...] about Beatings, killings, gulags: North Korea rights abuses likely to be ignored at summit