Who is Kim Pyong Il? [BIOGRAPHY&ANALYSIS]

My authored biography of Kim Pyong Il was recently quoted in an article written by Harry J. Kazianis, published in the National Interest.

 

Kim Jong Un visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Kim Il Sung

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the occasion of the death of Kim Il Sung (8 July 1994).

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[Updated] Consequences of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam. 암살?왜요?

Kim Jong-nam passed away according to a Malaysian News agency. “The police have confirmed a North Korean who died at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday was Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.”

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The history of the Organization and Guidance Department of the KWP

Following the defeat of Japanese imperialism (1910-1945), North Korea was established on the 9th September 1948. Starting from this date North Korea struggled to build a model socialist state under the guidance of the Korean Workers’ Party, a communist party which was organized according to the Soviet model of organization.

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North Korea’s rocket launch may lead to a new type of sanctions

According to NKNews „North Korea’s rocket launch on Sunday appears to have been a success at putting a satellite into orbit, DPRK state broadcaster Chosun Central TV said on Sunday. If true, it would be the second time North Korea has successfully put a satellite into orbit, though neither South Korean nor U.S. agencies have confirmed whether it is in communication with DPRK space authorities. Notably, Japan did not make any attempt to shoot down the rocket, even though reports said it passed over the Okinawa prefecture, national Japanese broadcaster NHK said.”

While proposing meetings between Koreas (on Kim Jong-un new year speech), North Korea is launching a rocket. This aggressive rhetoric appears to come from Kim Yong-chol, the new head of the Inter-Korean KWP Secretary. North Korean media also threatened the same day to launch pre-emptive attacks on the South.

Recommendations

Instead of analyzing the latest nuclear threats of the DPRK, we should be prepared with the starting of a new conflict over the Korean Peninsula. Interested countries must develop preliminary repatriation and reintegration plans for their population based on the Korean Peninsula.

No countries, including China, will roll back sanctions imposed on North Korea. I even consider that also instead of sanctioning North Korean entities, I think that it may be important to also sanction entities which are cooperating with sanctioned North Korean entities. I also believe that a (at least temporary) closing of the Industrial Complex of Kaesong may soften the situation on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea should also stop providing maintenance services to North Korea.

Nevertheless, on a short-term, it will be impossible to create a „peace regime” on the divided Korean Peninsula.

DPRK delegation to visit Southeast Asia

According to the Chinese News Agency Xinhua “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday sent a delegation led by Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song to visit seven Southeast Asian countries, the official KCNA news agency reported. The delegation will visit Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, the state media said, without detailing the purpose of the visit. On Sept. 6, 2014, the DPRK sent a delegation of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea to visit Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Mongolia, which was considered as a move to break the ice in its relations with Western countries.

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