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SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public over the past two weeks, setting off speculation that he might be tempted to tone down fiery threats of provocations, according to sources and an analyst on Sunday.
Kim Kyong-hui is often construed as one of the last living "old guard" within North Korea's communist dynasty. She is Kim Jong Un's aunt and just so happens to be the daughter of North Korea's "Eternal President." Many intelligence analysts who focus on Asian affairs believe Kim Kyong-hui is the true leader in North Korea today as she is the one who specifically instructs Kim Jong Un on every decision he makes.
Kim Kyong-hui can be seen in many images coming out of North Korea. She has stood at the side of her nephew in recent photographs and has also been seen at the front of the 2010 3rd Party Conference where all North Korean leaders were in attendance. She has served as a motherly figure to her nephew Kim Jong Un and many analysts believe he looks up to her more than anyone else. Kim Jong Un wants to appease his aunt. One way in doing this is through demonstration of might. Yet timing is everything and in only a few short days, he has the perfect opportunity to show his appreciation for Kim Kyong-hui. That opportunity comes on April 15th, the day her father, North Korea's "Eternal President," was born -- the day many intelligence professionals believe the world will watch yet another North Korean missile test.
Authorities were paying special attention because the attempt was made in downtown Pyongyang, not during one of Kim's regional trips outside the capital city, the intelligence officer told the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper on Thursday. The precise timing of the attack has not been accurately established, although there were rumours of a skirmish involving an exchange of gunfire in Pyongyang in November of last year.
PYONGYANG, DPRK (BHN) - Photos released this morning by the North Korean military show leader Kim Jong-un has moved to a secure underground bunker presumably in preparation for an expected missile launch, possibly tomorrow.
Someone said they saw him on a cruise ship in the gulf getting drunk and eating like a pig.
SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a mausoleum for his deceased father and grandfather on Friday to mark the 101st birthday of the founder of the communist country, Pyongyang's official media said.
Accompanied by members of the country's top military brass, Kim made the visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay "high tribute and humblest reverence" to former leaders Kim Il-sung, the country's founder, and his son Kim Jong-il, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.