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Kim Jong-il funeral video

Funeral of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who’s succeeded by his youngest son Kim Jong-un as the “supreme leader” of the country…

Kim Jong-un – the next North Korean leader

Photo of Kim Jong-un – the heir presumptive to the dictatorship leadership of North Korea upon Kim Jong-il’s death or abdication – attending a Korean New Year musical event in Pyongyang. The haircut is just… wow…

Kim Jong-un next North Korean leader

Probably the clearest pic of Kim junior since he was unveiled unofficially as the successor to Kim senior in September 2010. Image via Xinhuanet [Cn].

Bend It Like Beckham in North Korea

Bend It Like Beckham in North KoreaNorth Korea’s state-run television had broadcast British film Bend It Like Beckham on December 26, which is said to be the first ever western made film to air on TV in the country.

The broadcast was arranged by the British embassy to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations. It was a rare treat for North Koreans whose state TV normally broadcasts self-boosting programs of its leaders, army, model farms and model villages.

The 2002 comedy, starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, features a sport (football) beloved among North Koreans. The film is more about family values, interracial relationship and “bending” the social norms instead of the sport though.

Korean War (1950-1953) Photos

Photo story. All contents taken from the United States Department of Defense to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

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Korean border artillery clash

North and South Korea exchange dozens of artillery shells across their tense western sea border, in one of the most serious incidents since the Korean War ended without a peace treaty in 1953.

North Korea fired dozens of rounds of artillery on Tuesday afternoon toward the bordering Yeonpyeong Island, killing two marines and injuring several soldiers and citizens. The North said it did not fire first in the incident, in response to South Korea’s military drill which was conducting firing exercises near the island.

The Koreans are in high tension since the Cheonan sinking in March, where a South Korean Navy ship was sunk in bordering waters, killing 43 marines. The South claimed that the ship had been sunk by a North Korean torpedo, though the evident was a bit inconclusive, and the North has denied the attack.

It’s an obvious message this time, loud and clear. The South might have conducted their firing exercise a bit too near to (or might have even cross) the border, but often it’s the death that counts. It seems that the South is refraining themselves from further confrontation, though I’m not sure how they will respond if the North opens fire (and kills) again. The options are limited I’m afraid.