After the UN Security Council issued a Presidential Statement condemning the attack, Kim Jongil
visited China twice (in May and August) to escape diplomatic isolation and express willingness to resume the Six Party Talks and implement the September 19th Joint Statement.
I'm wedged in at a tiny table in a buzzing pub called Dansungsa, looking up at photos of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean juxtaposed with Kim Jongil
THE STORY: In North Korea's recent past, Kim Jongil
(who died in 2011) rules his Orwellian world with an iron thumb--and in this regime, individuals must constantly shift identities in order to survive.
Jang esta casado con la hermana menor de Kim JongIl
y si forma parte de la CND: ocupa una de las cuatro vicepresidencias.
That kind of thing would make rulers like Hitler, Stalin, Kim Jongil
, Ahmadinejad, and countless others fall out of their chairs laughing, for when an insignificant and powerless person causes trouble for a government that doesn't have restraints, he is just killed--sometimes in a public spectacle of torture or sometimes he just quietly disappears.
The ship sank in an area claimed by North Korea, days after the Communist leadership accused the US and South Korea of trying to topple despot Kim Jongil
and first reports said the Cheonan had been torpedoed.
France has called for fresh sanctions to be placed on the regime of Kim Jongil
, while the US and Japan have urged strong action in light of new tests.
SHAKEN: Obama and, above, a South Korean seismic read-out of the blast BURNING ANGER: Pictures of Kim JongIl
, left, are torched in South Korea yesterday
Imagine if the uncompromisingly barmy Kim Jongil
got his hands on a major American motion picture studio.
North Korea, led by Kim Jongil
, has refused for a year to attend international talks aimed at persuading it to disarm.
And if steps aren't taken to ward North Korea off its current course, Kim Jongil
could build dozens of bombs over the next few years.
Although Kim Jongil
may terrorize his countrymen, he has appeared to make progress in negotiating with the United States about removing North Korea from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.