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Sep 9, 2011

North Korea military parade highlights leadership succession

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il flanked by his son reviewed a military parade of goose-stepping North Korean soldiers in Pongyang’s central square on Friday, underlining a planned third generation of dynastic rule is on track.

Kim and his son Kim Jong-un marked the 63rd anniversary of the state’s founding standing atop a dais as troops, multiple rockets launchers, howitzers, and other weapons passed by and thousands of people thronged the square waving red and pink bouquets of what looked like paper flowers.

Sep 9, 2011

North Korea military parade shows leader’s succession on course

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il flanked by his son reviewed a military parade of goose-stepping North Korean soldiers in Pongyang’s central square on Friday, underlining a planned third generation of dynastic rule is on track.

Kim and his son Kim Jong-un marked the 63rd anniversary of the state’s founding standing atop a dais as troops, multiple rockets launchers, howitzers, and other weapons passed by and thousands of people thronged the square waving red and pink bouquets of what looked like paper flowers.

Sep 4, 2011

Talk of succession off limits in secretive N.Korea

RAJIN, North Korea (Reuters) – In North Korea, talk of succession and the third son of the secretive state’s leader is strictly taboo.

“Don’t ever mention Kim Jong-un’s name,” whispered a source, glancing over his shoulder to check the conversation wasn’t being overheard. “You’ll get in very big trouble, it’s just not talked about.”

Sep 4, 2011

Insight: Talk of succession off limits in secretive N. Korea

RAJIN, North Korea (Reuters) – In North Korea, talk of succession and the third son of the secretive state’s leader is strictly taboo.

“Don’t ever mention Kim Jong-un’s name,” whispered a source, glancing over his shoulder to check the conversation wasn’t being overheard. “You’ll get in very big trouble, it’s just not talked about.”

Sep 3, 2011

North Korea readies for harvest as food aid flows in

WONJONG BORDER POST, North Korea (Reuters) – Impoverished North Korea appears to have emerged from the depths of a bad winter and late spring in reasonable shape, at least in the far north and south, where a variety of crops are nearly ready for harvest.

The North has pleaded for food aid this year due to bad weather and the impact of international sanctions imposed for its nuclear program, winning donations in recent months from Russia, the European Union and U.N. organisations after sending in their own assessment teams.

Sep 2, 2011

Media gets rare glimpse inside a North Korea market

RAJIN, North Korea (Reuters) – Foreign media were given a rare glimpse inside a North Korean marketplace on Friday, and witnessed thousands of people exchanging cash for a wide variety of goods, as the secretive state experiments with modest change.

One of the world’s most closed, centrally-planned economies, North Korea has embraced a semblance of free market trading in selected regions along its borders, including in the Rason Special Economic Zone in the far north at the China-Russia border.

Sep 2, 2011

Antler aphrodisiac livens up impromptu North Korea street market

MOUNT KUMGANG, North Korea (Reuters) – A semblance of international free-market activity broke out on a dusty roadside in reclusive North Korea when about a dozen budding entrepreneurs from a struggling resort set up impromptu stalls.

Spotting an opportunity to make some hard currency, the workers from the Mount Kumgang resort, now a ghost town, produced a range of wares from locally made wine, honey and jam to traditional dolls and a home-grown aphrodisiac.

Sep 1, 2011

North Korea ghost town reflects deeper woes as it woos Chinese

MOUNT KUMGANG, North Korea (Reuters) – Long grass grows around the idle hotels, stores are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping center.

This is a modern day ghost town in already poverty-stricken North Korea, even though it is funded by wealthy neighbor and rival South Korea.

Aug 31, 2011

China, Russia rush to rebuild North Korea’s transport links

RAJIN, North Korea (Reuters) – Destitute North Korea’s push to breathe new life into economic relationships with its neighbors China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in its far north of the country where foreigners are busy helping rebuild a crumbling infrastructure.

A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centers for the secretive North’s Rason Special Economic Zone.

Aug 31, 2011

All aboard for cruising, North Korean style

ABOARD THE MANGYONGBYONG, North Korea, Aug 31 (Reuters) -
When you think of taking a cruise, usually it’s the Bahamas,
Fiji or the Maldives that generally come to mind. How about
North Korea?

On Tuesday, the mysterious state launched itself into the
glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set
sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia
border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South
Korean border.