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he don't want to be recognized
Originally posted by sanctum
Maybe it's just a make-over by "Queer eye for the North Korean Guy"
Originally posted by deevee
Considering that every residence must display a picture of Dear Leader and failure to do so earns the family a one way trip to the gulag, I believe this to be tremendously important. (apparently so do the Chinese)
The cult of the Kims is integral to NK, indeed it IS NK. This is most interesting.
Originally posted by SomewhereinBetween
If it was a change of power against him, his father's portraits would likely be gone also.
HARDLINERS have tightened their political grip on North Korea while Kim Jong-il, the Stalinist state's dictator, has retreated into virtual seclusion after the death of his favourite consort from cancer.
As Japanese envoys tried to persuade the North Koreans last week to rejoin multinational talks, Mr Kim's absence from the scene led to speculation a debilitating power struggle might have paralysed the ruling group.
This followed the death of Koh Young-hee, a dancer who had provided Mr Kim with an heir-apparent to the world's only communist dynasty.
"The loss of this woman was a blow," said a foreign diplomat.
The Dong-A Llbo
“Opinions like ‘unsound health,’ that Chairman Kim recently got an operation, and an “internal conflict for power” are spreading, but none has been confirmed.”
A North Korean diplomatic source in Beijing has denied reports that Pyongyang has launched a campaign to remove portraits of the country's leader, Kim Chong-il.
"This is not true, and everything remains the same in Pyongyang," the source told Interfax on Tuesday.
The North Korean Embassy in Beijing "noticed such reports by certain media outlets," which could be provoked by "a state reception to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the USSR and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," the source said.
Foreign observers in the North Korean capital believe Kim’s portraits were removed in order to dispel the worldwide spread opinion that North Korea has 'personality cult' of its leader. The observers thus downplayed rumors of “a plot of the military,” “Kim Jong Il’s illness,” “preparations to the change of power” etc.
The North Korean leader is completely healthy and remains in power, which has been confirmed by reports in local media about Kim Jong Il’s visit to a military unit.
"It's false information," a North Korean diplomat emphasized, "you cannot remove the sun from the sky, it's impossible."