News From North Korea! (Sort Of) : The Two-Way North Korean political conference to open
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News From North Korea! (Sort Of)

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on September 27, 2010 shows members of the Workers Party of Korea arrive in  Pyongyang station on September 26 to attend the party conference. KNS/Getty hide caption

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I just adore the wooden prose of Korean Central News Agency, the official media organ of the secretive North Korean government. The most significant political gathering in a generation - the Workers' Party Conference - is occurring in Pyongyang, and observers wonder if the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il, will award his son, Kim Jong-un an important job. It's believed the younger Kim is being positioned to take control of the closed nation when his father becomes too ill or dies. Don't look for much coverage on the political gathering from the Korean News Agency.  Here's the succinct dispatch:

Delegates to the conference of the Workers' Party of Korea arrived here on Sunday. They were greeted by the officials of the preparatory committee of the WPK conference.

That's it. However, readers may find this separate, unrelated story much more entertaining: Kim Jong Il Guides Creation of Opera. Best line:

After acquainting himself with the progress made in the creation of the opera, he (Kim) appreciated it.

NPR's Louisa Lim talked about Kim last month, as he completed a hurried, secretive trip to China, noting information about the North Korean leader is so thin that nothing is known for certain. Here's the sketchy thumbnail: the elder Kim is believed to have several medical problems, including a possible stroke, so ensuring his successor is vital. Kim's apparently settled on son Number Three Kim Jong-un, faintly dubbed 'The Cute Leader' for lack of a better nickname. Many countries are concerned over North Korea's nuclear program and its belligerent statements threatening war, so tracking the country's political developments are key.