North Korean web page hints at succession

According to Yonhap:

In a clear indication North Korea is paving the ground for a power succession, a Web site operated by a university in the communist state is calling for picking the right successor to leader Kim Jong-il, possibly alluding to his son.

“Only when the successor to the leader is selected right can the leader’s ideas and revolutionary exploits be firmly maintained and spectacularly passed down,” said a post on Kim Il-Sung Broadcasting University’s website, uriminzokgangdang, seen here on Wednesday.

Citizens in South Korea, which bans the communist state’s propaganda material citing years of enmity between them, are blocked from accessing the Web site at

The uriminzokgangdang post, written in early September in the form of an answer to an apparently pre-arranged question, also said the successor must establish exclusive authority because, until that happens, political turmoil could emerge.

“Not everyone can be a successor to the leader, and just because someone is presented as a successor, it does not mean he can carry out significant tasks as such,” it said, making it clear that the country faces a “succession issue.”

Uriminzokgangdang means “lecture hall of our nation” in English.

It was not immediately clear where the Kim Il-sung Broadcasting University is located. Media reports from Pyongyang indicate the school is based in the capital. The university has been operating its Web site since 2004 to give online lectures on such topics as the ideology of “juche” or self-reliance.

Yang said the school appears to be based in Pyongyang since it bears the name of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994 after years of grooming his son, Kim Jong-il, as his successor.

Does anyone know if this web page is accessible on the DPRK’s Kwangmyong intranet system?

Also, I cannot find any information on this university.  Can a reader who is fluent in Korean please go through their web page and find the school’s Korean name, English name, picture and address (if any of this information is available)?

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N. Korean website raises succession issue ahead of key party meeting
Sam Kim


2 Responses to “North Korean web page hints at succession”

  1. Kevin says:

    김일성방송대학 /金日成放送大學/ Kim Il-Sung Broadcasting University

    According to the website, and to Korean Wikipedia, the “school” was established in 1962 in conjunction w/ Pyongyang Broadcasting (평양 방송) – and the website in 2004 – in order to inform Koreans and people of the world (“조선민족과 세계인민들”). It’s a correspondence school with a website registered to Xin Net Technology (Beijing), which seems to operate under China Mobility, which has a corporate address in Vancouver.

  2. Kevin says:

    And by ‘correspondence school’, I meant ‘external propaganda dissemination tool’.