The DPRK update
"Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, met and had a talk with the delegation of U.S. businessmen headed by *General* Charles Boyd, president and CEO of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Wednesday when it paid a courtesy call on him".
And what do BENS do?
Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a nationwide, non-partisan organization, is the primary channel through which senior business executives can help enhance the nation's security. Source
Can't say I would have expecgted them to be welcomed with open arms. And the good general himself? "Boyd is a highly decorated combat pilot who served in Vietnam; and is the only Vietnam War prisoner of war (1966-1973) to reach the four-star rank (1992). His final Air Force assignment was as deputy commander in chief, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. He retired from the Air Force in 1995 and has remained active in the national security realm, including as a program director of the Council on Foreign Relations". I think he might well have the ear of some DC players. Source
Meanwhile, "Among the People" Vol. 84 was brought out by the Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House". That's almost as many as in the 'Now that's what I call music' series. Maybe they could have called it 'Now that's what I call reminisences', or 'Son of', or 'What KIS did next'.
And what a page turner it appears to be - "
Reminiscences "Encouraging Servicepersons to Create New 'Vinalon Speed'" recount story that the President visited the construction site of the February 8 Vinalon Factory at that time, leading the People's Army to make a breakthrough in socialist construction. Reminiscences titled "'Our Officials Should Pay Primary Attention to the Supply Service'" and "Paying Primary Attention to Securing Life of Workers" tell about the great benevolence shown by the President for the workers".
Almost certainly not available even at good bookshops...
General Secretary Kim Jong Il was awarded the title of honorary citizen by the Changcay Municipality, Huaral District, Lima Province of Peru.
Elsewhere, "General Secretary Kim Jong Il provided field guidance to the Rason Taehung Trading Company", but the tale is none too thrilling.