Category Archive: Jang Jin-Sung

In North Korea, nine is the magic number

The Guardian

Jang Jin-sung, editor-in-chief of New Focus International

 

An analysis of the regime’s significant dates shows a dynasty of Kims obsessed with the number nine. Watch out on 10 April 13

 

North Korea is a notoriously secret society, led by an equally secretive dynasty of Kims. But as hostilities with the west over the country’s nuclear programme escalate, revelations from deep within the regime might shed some light on what is guiding its leaders’ actions.

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North Korean Deadline For Embassies And The South’s Workers Aligns With DPRK’s ‘Magic Number’

Business Insider

Michael Kelley

Earlier North Korea told embassies in Pyongyang to consider evacuating their employees because it can’t guarantee their safety after April 10.

 

That’s also the day that South Korean (ROK) companies must pull all of their workers out of the Kaesong industrial complex — an ROK-financed project that accounts for up to 40 percent of the North’s revenue. Click here to read more »

KIM JONG UN’S NEW YEAR SPEECH: WHAT IT REALLY MEANS (PART 2 OF 2) NORTH KOREA’S FORMER POET LAUREATE TAKES A LOOK AT KIM JONG UN’S NEW YEARS SPEECH – IT SEEMS THIS YEAR IS ALL ABOUT STRENGTHENING LEGITIMACY, NOT ECONOMIC REFORM OR BOLD FOREIGN POLICY.

NK News.org

by Jang Jin-sung

 

North Korea’s vision for 2013: as seen through Kim Jong Un’s new year speech

Kim Jong Un’s new year speech contains two thematic halves. The first half summarizes the events and accomplishments of 2012 while the second half lays down objectives for the year ahead. The summary of 2012 boasts of the nation’s political stability and unity after Kim Jong-il’s death. It also pays special attention to the successful rocket launch. The most important part of a new year speech, however, is the second half, in which objectives are set for the coming year. Traditionally, this section is divided into five parts and this year’s speech is no exception.

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KIM JONG-UN’S NEW YEAR SPEECH: WHAT IT REALLY MEANS

by Jang Jin-sung

 

NORTH KOREA’S FORMER POET LAUREATE TAKES A LOOK AT THE NEW LEADER’S SHIFTING TONE OF VOICE.

 

Kim Jong Un’s new year speech has broken a silence held for 19 years, for during this time, there was no new year speech in North Korea. Under Kim Il-sung, the new year’s speech was that occasion in the year when the leader provided guidance to his people. As all power is concentrated under the leader, the new year speech provided a framework and sets the tone for the coming year. Kim Il-sung made the speeches himself. After his death however, Kim Jong Il did not continue in his father’s footsteps. Instead, he chose to convey his message through editorials published by the important state mouthpieces such as Rodong Sinmun, the Korean People’s Army and the Youth Vanguard.

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Jang Jin-sung, North Korean Poet, Writes Of Hunger, Brutality In The Country

Huffington Post

By SYLVIA HUI

 

LONDON — He says he was one of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s favorite propaganda artists, singing the praises of the Dear Leader in dozens of poems. But these days Jang Jin-sung says he prefers to tell the truth about North Korea. Click here to read more »

“Truth is the strongest weapon,” says N. Korean poet Jang Jin Sung

Standford University, The Book Haven

 

One of the more haunting moments in author Adam Johnson‘s interview with Charlie Rose is when he describes the impossibility of the plight of North Koreans – these are “people who have never seen a stop light before; they don’t know how many works,” says the author of the acclaimed Orphan Master’s Son.  As he has pointed out elsewhere, most of the stories we have are from the areas outside the capital. The citizens of Pyongyang have already “made it.”  So what is life like among North Korea’s upper classes?

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