Kim Jong Un’s ‘rocket stars’ are North Korea’s new elite
26 May 2017 | 1:29 pm
As Kim Jong Un hand-picks a new North Korean elite, three key members of the nuclear weapons program are receiving privileges over and above those of most senior aides.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the fourth time in less than a year. The visit to Beijing comes as denuclearization talks with the US have stalled.
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North Korea's Kim Jong Un has travelled to Russia ahead of his talks with President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok. Amid stalled nuclear talks with the US, Kim is expected to seek diplomatic assistance from the Kremlin.
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North Korean state media has released footage of the secretive Supreme Leader. Media speculation about his health grew when he failed to show up to his late grandfather's birthday celebrations.
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A South Korean official reads out a rare apology from Kim Jong Un over what the North's leader described as the "unexpected and disgraceful" killing of a South Korean at sea. A fisheries official was shot dead on Tuesday by North Korean soldiers, and Seoul says his body was set on fire while still in the water, apparently as a precaution against coronavirus infection.
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