January 10th, 2012
03:28 AM ET

North Korea plans prisoner release to mark dead leaders' birthdays

North Korea said Tuesday that it would release an unspecified number of prisoners in February to mark the birthdays of the two dictators who ruled the reclusive nation for a total of more than 60 years.

The amnesty of "convicts," ordered by a parliamentary decree, will begin February 1, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

KCNA said the move ties in with the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the revered founder of North Korea who ran the country between 1945 and 1994, and the 70th birthday of his son, Kim Jong Il, who succeeded him and remained in power until his death last month.

Leadership of the repressive regime has now passed to a third generation of the Kim family: Kim Jong Un, the youngest son and chosen successor of Kim Jong Il.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Thats a good thing. Maybe change will come to North Korea. Maybe Kims son will start to do the right thing for the people of North Korea? Time will tell. He was educated somewhat in the west. Maybe he won't rule with an iron fist.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Happy birthday, corpses. Let's cram some cake down your throats.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Devynne Rose

    I think he'll change if he dosent than thats just......

    January 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |