In the News – North Korea Announces It Will Release Prisoners
Published: January 10, 2012
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Tuesday that it would release prisoners in its first special amnesty in seven years, a day after soldiers paraded in the capital, Pyongyang, vowing to become “rifles and bombs” to defend the country’s new leader, Kim Jong-un. The military rally in Pyongyang on Monday and the special pardon, effective from Feb. 1, came as North Korea escalated a campaign to consolidate support for Mr. Kim.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported that the special pardon was part of national celebrations to observe the 70th anniversary in February of the birth of Kim Jong-il, the new leader’s father, who died on Dec. 17, and the 100th anniversary in April of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea. Continue reading