Kim Jong-Un http://www.kunc.org en 'The Worm' Returns To North Korea; Rodman Visits Again http://www.kunc.org/post/worm-returns-north-korea-rodman-visits-again Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is visiting North Korea again, six months after spending time there with dictator Kim Jong Un — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/04/173410685/dennis-rodmans-take-on-the-north-korean-regime" target="_blank">an "awesome" man</a>, in Rodman's opinion.<p>NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing that:<p><blockquote><p>"Rodman was spotted transiting the Beijing airport en route to Pyongyang, sporting his characteristic lip and nose rings, plus green hair.<p>"He says he plans to hang out with Kim Jong Un, whom he has called his friend. ... Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49122 at http://www.kunc.org 'The Worm' Returns To North Korea; Rodman Visits Again Defectors Think Most North Koreans Approve Of Kim Jong Un http://www.kunc.org/post/defectors-think-most-north-koreans-approve-kim-jong-un While public opinion polling hasn't exactly caught on in North Korea, a survey of defectors estimates that more than half of the country they left behind approves of the job leader Kim Jong Un is doing.<p>Seoul's Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, as reported by Yonhap news agency, asked 133 defectors to hazard a guess as to Kim's actual approval rating in the country, which at least publicly buys into the absolute cult of personality surrounding its leadership.<p>Just over 60 percent said they think most of the country is behind him. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 49018 at http://www.kunc.org Defectors Think Most North Koreans Approve Of Kim Jong Un No Ski Lift For You, Swiss Government Tells Kim Jong Un http://www.kunc.org/post/no-ski-lift-you-swiss-government-tells-kim-jong-un A multimillion-dollar deal to provide ski lifts for a resort in North Korea has been cancelled, after Switzerland's government decided the plan violated U.N. sanctions forbidding the export of luxury items to the country.<p>Those sanctions were strengthened in March, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went ahead with nuclear weapons tests. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:48:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 48531 at http://www.kunc.org Book News: Kim Jong Un Reportedly Gave 'Mein Kampf' As Gifts http://www.kunc.org/post/book-news-kim-jong-un-reportedly-gave-mein-kampf-gifts <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Kim Jong Un gave top officials in North Korea copies of Adolf Hitler's autobiography, <em>Mein Kampf</em>, as gifts on his birthday last January, according to a report in<em> New Focus International</em>, a newspaper written largely by North Korean defectors. It seems the book was intended to promote a study of Hitler's economic reforms, and was not necessarily meant as an endorsement of Nazism. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:57:00 +0000 46014 at http://www.kunc.org Book News: Kim Jong Un Reportedly Gave 'Mein Kampf' As Gifts North Korea Replaces Hard-Line Defense Chief http://www.kunc.org/post/north-korea-replaces-hard-line-defense-chief North Korea's hard-line army general, who is believed to have been responsible for attacks on South Korea in 2010 that killed 50 people, has been replaced by a relative unknown.<p>The move has analysts reading the tea leaves. The consensus is that the reshuffle at the top of the People's Armed Forces is part of a larger effort by leader Kim Jong Un to consolidate power over the military.<p>The promotion of Gen. Jang Jong Nam at the expense of now ex-Chief Gen. Mon, 13 May 2013 19:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44237 at http://www.kunc.org North Korea Replaces Hard-Line Defense Chief