29 Jul '12, 11am

N.Korea tells the South not to expect any major reforms, dismiss hopes of potential change as 'foolish, silly dream'

N.Korea tells the South not to expect any major reforms, dismiss hopes of potential change as 'foolish, silly dream'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) waves as he arrives to take pictures with officials, creators and employees of the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang in this April 19, 2012 file photo released by the North's KCNA. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Sunday warned the South not to expect any major reforms under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, with a senior official rejecting discussion of potential policy change as a 'foolish and silly dream'. Mr Kim, believed to be in his late 20s, took the reins of power in December following the death of his father, longtime ruler Kim Jong Il. Speculation of impending change was fuelled earlier this month when the communist regime sacked prominent military chief Ri Yong Ho and replaced him with a little known general and promoted Jong Un to the top military post of Marshal. The secretive nation also made a rare announcem...

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