Kim Jong-un
North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un—also romanised as Kim Jong-eun, Kim Jong Un or Kim Jung-eun—is the supreme leader of North Korea, the son of Kim Jong-il (1941–2011) and the grandson of Kim Il-sung (1912–1994).
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April 15, 2012
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un salutes from a balcony during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012, the centennial of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung, his grandfather.
April 14, 2012
Kim Jong-Un North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un waves at the end of a major military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung
April 12, 2012
Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un attends an ceremony unveiling two bronze statues of the country's former leaders Kim Il Sung, his grandfather and Kim Jong Il, his father
February 16, 2012
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes a Stalanist-style parade in North Korea featured on 'Daybreak' as a nation commemorates the 70th birthday of the Beloved Leader, Our Father and The Great General Kim Jong-Ill who died last year. Shown on ITV1 HD
December 28, 2011
Kim Jong Un, son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his successor, salutes as he walks beside the hearse carrying the coffin of the elder Kim in Pyongyang
October 09, 2010
Kim Jong Un clapping during a military parade in Pyongyang on Oct. 10, 2010, as his father and then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il eaves the reviewing platform. The parade was to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers Party of Ko
October 08, 2010
Kim Jong-un the youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, attends a mass game session, in his first reported public appearance as the country's leader-in-waiting
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Women who assassinated half-brother of Kim Jong Un coated hands in poison, official says - VIDEO: New video shows attack on Kim Jong Un's half brother
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Women who assassinated half-brother of Kim Jong Un coated hands in poison, official says
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The women suspected of assassinating the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un doused their hands with a toxic chemical before wiping them on the man’s face, Malaysian officials said Wednesday.
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What killed Kim Jong Nam? Deadly poison remains a mystery - CBS News
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CBS News What killed Kim Jong Nam? Deadly poison remains a mystery CBS News KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours. It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Except ... World Digest: Feb. 20, 2017Washington Post N. Korea, Malaysia Disagree over Kim's DeathVoice of America Insane video shows the moment Kim Jong Un's brother was assassinatedYahoo News FederalNewsRadio.com -The Epoch Times -Daily Caller -CBS Local all 189 news articles »
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T-shirt designer hopes to cash in on North Korean assassination
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A U.S.-based designer said he hoped to cash in on the assassination of the North Korean leader's half-brother by selling T-shirts emblazoned with "LOL" in the style worn by his alleged assassin. The designer said "human rights abuses" by North Korea's leaders outweighed any arguments against making such T-shirts. Police believe a woman captured on video wearing a shirt with the letters "LOL" poisoned Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
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China tells Japan 'negative' moves prevent improvement in ties - Business Insider
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Business Insider China tells Japan 'negative' moves prevent improvement in ties Business Insider BEIJING (Reuters) - China has told Japan that "negative" moves by Tokyo on major issues are preventing an improvement in bilateral ties, but there are now opportunities to improve China-Japan relations. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his ... North Korea Nuclear Program: China Calls For Resumption Of 6-Party Talks With Kim Jong Un's RegimeInternational Business Times China says ready to engage US as envoys meetYahoo News China urges resumption of 6-party talks with North Korea on its N-programmeHindustan Times Deutsche Welle -Washington Post -CCTV -Business Standard all 62 news articles »
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North Korea says will reject Malaysian post-mortem of Kim Jong Nam
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By Emily Chow and Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - North Korea said it would "categorically reject" Malaysia's autopsy report on the death of the man identified by Malaysian authorities as the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Nam died in Kuala Lumpur this week after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast-acting poison.
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Kim Jong Un's Murdered Brother Pleaded To Spare His Life 5 Years Ago
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Jong-un
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In July 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury imposed personal sanctions on Kim.
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    In June 2016, Kim announced via a spokesman that North Korean scientists had created a "wonder drug", composed of ginseng and a mixture of other unspecified ingredients, capable of curing HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus disease, other viral diseases, and "a number of cancers".
    More Details Hide Details No clinical support was cited, other than an unpublished African trial claiming "56 % complete cure and 44 % considerable cure" of HIV/AIDS, and unspecified "data from foreign health entities" claiming "splendid effects" in preventing and curing various viral "epidemics". As with all reporting on North Korea, individual reports of purges and executions are almost impossible to definitively verify. Reports of numerous purges and executions are based in part on interviews with North Korean defectors, analysis of media issued by North Korea, non-independently-verifiable analysis of closed-source data from intelligence agencies, and occasionally satellite imagery.
  • 2015
    In December 2015, in a release from the official news agency, Kim announced that his country had developed a hydrogen bomb.
    More Details Hide Details Kim's claim is considered unlikely, partly because a hydrogen bomb would be an extremely large and sudden step up in technology for a country that struggled to develop much simpler fission weapons, and partly because no seismic activity consistent with a successful hydrogen bomb test has been observed. Kim made the claim that his family "turned the into a powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation". The boastful claim was made during a visit by Kim to the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site, a museum dedicated to his grandfather Kim Il-sung.
    In September 2015, the South Korean government commented that Kim appeared to have gained 30 kg in body fat over the previous five years, reaching a total estimated body weight of.
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  • 2014
    Kim Jong-un did not appear in public for six weeks in September and October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details State media reported that he was suffering from an "uncomfortable physical condition". Previously he had been seen limping. When he reappeared he was using a walking stick.
    O Sang-hon was a deputy security minister in the Ministry of Public Security in the government of North Korea who was reportedly killed in a political purge in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, O was executed by flamethrower for his role in supporting Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-taek. In May 2016, analysts were surprised to find that top military general Ri Yong-gil, believed by South Korea to have been executed earlier in the year, was, in fact, alive and well. According to the Associated Press, this South Korean blunder highlights the difficulty even professionals have in piercing the veil of North Korea’s secretive regime. Human rights violations under the leadership of Kim Jong-il were condemned by the General Assembly. Press reports indicate that they are continuing under Kim Jong-un. The 2013 report on the situation of human rights in North Korea by United Nations Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman proposed a United Nations commission of inquiry to document the accountability of Kim Jong-un and other individuals in the North Korean government for alleged crimes against humanity. The report of the commission of inquiry was published in February 2014 and recommends making him accountable for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.
    On 9 March 2014, Kim Jong-un was elected to the Supreme People's Assembly.
    More Details Hide Details He was unopposed, but voters had the choice of voting yes or no. There was a record turnout of voters, and according to government officials, all voted yes. The Supreme People's Assembly subsequently elected him first chairman of the National Defense Commission. In August 2012, Kim Jong-un announced economics reforms similar to China. Kim began to be mentioned by the North Korean state media as "supreme leader" (chego ryongdoja) at this time. A set of comprehensive economic measures, the "Socialist Corporate Responsible Management System", were introduced in 2013. The measures increase the autonomy of enterprises by granting them "certain rights to engage in business activities autonomously and elevate the will to labor through appropriately implementing the socialist distribution system". Another priority of economic policies that year was agriculture, where the pojon (vegetable garden) responsibility system was implemented. The system reportedly achieved a major increase in output in some collective farms.
    On 9 March 2014, Kim Jong-un was elected unopposed to the Supreme People's Assembly.
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  • 2013
    In December 2013, Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Sung-taek was arrested and executed for treachery.
    More Details Hide Details Jang Sung-taek is believed to have been executed by machine gun. Yonhap has stated that, according to multiple unnamed sources, Kim Jong-un has also put to death members of Jang's family, to completely destroy all traces of Jang's existence through "extensive executions" of his family, including the children and grandchildren of all close relatives. Those reportedly killed in Kim's purge include Jang's sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband and ambassador to Cuba, Jon Yong-jin, and Jang's nephew and ambassador to Malaysia, Jang Yong-chol. The nephew's two sons were also said to have been killed. At the time of Jang's removal, it was announced that "the discovery and purge of the Jang group... made our party and revolutionary ranks purer " and after his execution on 12 December 2013 state media warned that the army "will never pardon all those who disobey the order of the Supreme Commander".
    In March 2013, former basketball player Dennis Rodman visited Kim Jong-un in North Korea and on his return reported that Ri had given birth to a daughter named Ju-ae in 2012.
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    At a plenary meeting of the Central Committee held on 31 March 2013 in the wake of war threats with South Korea, Kim Jong-un announced that North Korea will adopt "a new strategic line on carrying out economic construction and building nuclear armed forces simultaneously".
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    On 7 March 2013, North Korea threatened the United States with a "pre-emptive nuclear attack", and Kim Jong-un issued a detailed threat to "wipe out" Baengnyeong Island, the scene of previous naval clashes.
    More Details Hide Details North Korea has revealed plans for conducting nuclear strikes on U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. As of March 2016, experts believe North Korea is not yet able to carry out such nuclear strikes on the US: North Korea has rockets strong enough to power ICBMs, and may have miniaturized nuclear warheads compact enough to be delivered by ICBM, but North Korea's ICBM program probably lacks crucial atmospheric re-entry capability. North Korea probably does possess a dozen or so nuclear weapons; if North Korea has sufficient nuclear warhead miniaturization technology, its Rodong medium-range missiles could probably launch nuclear strikes as far as Japan. As of 2016, the United Nations has enacted five cumulative rounds of sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear program and missile tests.
    On 26 February 2013, Kim Jong‑un met ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, leading many reporters to speculate that Rodman was the first American that Kim had met.
    More Details Hide Details Rodman described his trip to Kim Jong-un's private island, "It's like Hawaii or Ibiza, but he's the only one that lives there." Kim Jong-un is reportedly a fan of Eric Clapton. In July 2012, Kim Jong-un showed a change in cultural policy from his father by attending a Moranbong concert. The concert contained several elements of pop culture from the West, particularly the United States. Kim used this event to debut his wife to the public, an unprecedented move in North Korea. In 2012, Business Insider reported, that there were “igns of a rise in luxury goods... creeping out of North Korea since Kim Jong-un took over” and that his “wife Ri Sol-Ju was photographed holding what appeared to be an expensive Dior handbag, worth almost $1,594an average year’s salary in North Korea”. According to diplomatic sources, "Kim Jong-un likes to drink and party all night like his father and ordered the sauna equipment to help him beat hangovers and fatigue."
    At the extraordinary meeting with his top defense and security officials on 26 January 2013, Kim issued orders on preparations for a new nuclear test and introduced martial law in North Korea effective from 29 January.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2014, following the collapse of an apartment building in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un was said to be very upset at the loss of life that resulted. A statement issued by the country's official news agency the Korean Central News Agency used the rare expression "profound consolation and apology". An unnamed government official was quoted by the BBC as saying Kim Jong-un had "sat up all night, feeling painful". While the height of the building and the number of casualties was not released, media reports described it is a 23-story building and indicated that more than a hundred people may have died in the collapse.
    In 2013, Kim re-established his grandfather's style when he made his first New Year's address, a break from the approach of his father.
    More Details Hide Details Kim Jong-il never made televised addresses during his 17 years in power. In lieu of delivering a speech, Kim Jong-il contributed to and approved a New Year's Day editorial, jointly published by Rodong Sinmun (the daily newspaper of the Korean Workers' Party), Joson Inmingun (the newspaper of the Korean People's Army), and Chongnyon Jonwi (the newspaper of the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League).
    Dennis Rodman said that the birthdate is 8 January 1983 after meeting Kim in September 2013.
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  • 2012
    On 25 July 2012 North Korean state media reported for the first time that Kim Jong-un is married to Ri Sol-ju (리설주).
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    Kim was promoted to the rank of Marshal of North Korea in the Korean People's Army on 18 July 2012, consolidating his position as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and is often referred to as Marshal Kim Jong-un or "the Marshal" by state media.
    More Details Hide Details Kim obtained two degrees, one in physics at Kim Il-sung University, and another as an Army officer at the Kim Il-sung Military University.
    On 30 November 2012, Kim met with Li Jianguo, who "briefed Kim on the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China", according to the state's official news agency, the Korean Central News Agency.
    More Details Hide Details A letter from Xi Jinping was hand-delivered during the discussion.
    During a 2012 performance marking the anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, security around Kim reportedly increased dramatically because Kim "is extremely nervous about the possibility of an emergency developing inside North Korea" caused by "mounting opposition to his efforts to rein in the military".
    More Details Hide Details In November 2012, satellite photos revealed a half-kilometer-long propaganda message carved into a hillside in Ryanggang Province, reading, "Long Live General Kim Jong-un, the Shining Sun!" The message, located next to an artificial lake built in 2007 to serve a hydroelectric station, is made of Korean syllable blocks measuring, and is located approximately south of Hyesan near the border with China. Kim Jong-il's personal chef Kenji Fujimoto stated, "Stores in Pyongyang were brimming with products and people in the streets looked cheerful. North Korea has changed a lot since Kim Jong-un assumed power. All of this is because of leader Kim Jong-un." Officially, Kim Jong-un is part of a triumvirate heading the executive branch of the North Korean government along with Premier Pak Pong-ju and parliament chairman Kim Yong-nam (no relation). Each nominally holds powers equivalent to a third of a president's powers in most other presidential systems. Kim Jong-un commands the armed forces, Pak Pong-ju heads the government, and Kim Yong-nam handles foreign relations. Nevertheless, it is generally understood that Kim Jong-un, like his father and grandfather before him, exercises absolute control over the government and the country. Indeed, a constitutional amendment enacted by his father explicitly named the NDC (first) chairman as "the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea".
    The only higher rank is Dae Wonsu (roughly translated as Grand Marshal or Generalissimo) which was held by Kim's grandfather, Kim Il-sung, and which was awarded posthumously to his father, Kim Jong-il, in February 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The promotion confirmed Kim's role as top leader of the North Korean military and came days after the replacement of Chief of General Staff Ri Yong-ho by Hyon Yong-chol.
    In July 2012, Kim Jong-un was promoted to wonsu (roughly translated to marshal), the highest active rank in the military.
    More Details Hide Details The decision was jointly issued on by the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the National Defence Commission, and the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, the Korean Central News Agency subsequently announced.
    On 15 April 2012, during a military parade to commemorate Kim Il-sung's centenary, Kim Jong-un made his first public speech.
    More Details Hide Details That speech became the basis of "Onwards Toward the Final Victory", a repeatedly aired propaganda hymn dedicated to him.
    On 13 April 2012, the 5th Session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly appointed Kim Jong-un Chairman of the National Defence Commission.
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    On 27 March 2012, Kim was elected to the Fourth Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea.
    More Details Hide Details On 11 April, that conference elected him as leader of the party under the newly created title of First Secretary. This position replaced the post of General Secretary, which was awarded "eternally" to Kim Jong-il. At the conference, Kim Jong-un also took his father's post as Chairman of the Central Military Commission, as well as his father's old seat on the Politburo Presidium. In a speech made prior to the Conference, Kim Jong-un declared that "Imbuing the whole society with Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is the highest programme of our Party".
    On 9 January 2012, a large rally was held by Korean People's Army in front of Kumsusan Memorial Palace to honor Kim Jong-un and demonstrate loyalty.
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  • 2011
    On 26 December 2011, the leading North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun announced that Kim Jong-un had been acting as chairman of the Central Military Commission, and supreme leader of the country, following his father's demise.
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    He was publicly declared Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army on 24 December 2011 and formally appointed to the position on 30 December when the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party "courteously proclaimed that the dear respected Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the, assumed the supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army".
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    On 25 December 2011, North Korean television showed Jang Sung-taek in the uniform of a general in a sign of his growing sway after the death of Kim Jong-il.
    More Details Hide Details A Seoul official familiar with North Korea affairs said it was the first time Jang has been shown on state television in a military uniform. His appearance suggested that Jang had secured a key role in the North's powerful military, which pledged its allegiance to Kim Jong-un. North Korea's cult of personality around Kim Jong-un was stepped up following his father's death. He was hailed as the "great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche", "outstanding leader of the party, army and people" and "respected comrade who is identical to Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il", and was made chairman of the Kim Jong-il funeral committee. The Korean Central News Agency described Kim Jong-un as "a great person born of heaven", a propaganda term only his father and grandfather had enjoyed, while the ruling Workers' Party said in an editorial: "We vow with bleeding tears to call Kim Jong-un our supreme commander, our leader."
    On 17 December 2011, Kim Jong-il died.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the elder Kim's plans, it was not immediately clear after his death whether Jong-un would in fact take full power, and what his exact role in a new government would be. Some analysts had predicted that when Kim Jong-il died, Jang Sung-taek would act as regent, as Jong-un was too inexperienced to immediately lead the country.
    Kim was officially declared the supreme leader, following the state funeral of his father on 28 December 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Kim holds the titles of Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the National Defence Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and presidium member of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea.
  • 2010
    On 10 October 2010, alongside his father, Kim Jong-un attended the ruling Workers' Party's 65th anniversary celebration.
    More Details Hide Details This was seen as fully confirming his position as the next leader of the Workers' Party. Unprecedented international press access was granted to the event, further indicating the importance of Kim Jong-un's presence. In January 2011, the regime reportedly began purging around 200 protégés of both Jong-un's uncle-in-law Jang Sung-taek and O Kuk-ryol, the vice chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, by either detention or execution to further prevent either man from rivaling Jong-un. In the following months, Kim Jong-un was given more and more prominence as he accompanied Kim Jong-il during several "guidance tours" and received gifts from foreign delegations and personages, an honor traditionally awarded only to the living supreme leader.
    On 28 September 2010, he was named vice chairman of the Central Military Commission and appointed to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, in an apparent nod to become the successor to Kim Jong-il.
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    Kim Jong-un was made a daejang, the equivalent of a four-star general in the United States, on 27 September 2010, a day ahead of a rare Workers' Party of Korea conference in Pyongyang, the first time North Korean media had mentioned him by name and despite his having no previous military experience.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the promotion, no further details, including verifiable portraits of Kim, were released.
    He was expected to be named on 28 September 2010 as successor to his father as leader of North Korea. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter visited China in early September 2010, and discussed the issue of the North Korean leadership succession with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
    More Details Hide Details According to Carter, Kim Jong-il had said to Wen that Kim Jong-un's prospective promotion to paramount leader of North Korea was "a false rumor from the West". It is believed by some that Kim Jong-un was involved in the Cheonan sinking and the bombardment of Yeonpyeong to strengthen his military credentials and facilitate a successful transition of power from his father.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    From 2009, it was understood by foreign diplomatic services that Kim was to succeed his father Kim Jong-il as the head of the Korean Workers' Party and de facto leader of North Korea.
    More Details Hide Details He has been named "Yŏngmyŏng-han Tongji" (영명한 동지), which loosely translates to "Brilliant Comrade". His father had also asked embassy staff abroad to pledge loyalty to his son. There have also been reports that citizens in North Korea were encouraged to sing a newly composed "song of praise" to Kim Jong-un, in a similar fashion to that of praise songs relating to Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung. Later, in June, Kim was reported to have visited China secretly to "present himself" to the Chinese leadership, who later warned against North Korea conducting another nuclear test. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has strongly denied that this visit occurred. North Korea was later reported to have backed the succession plan, after Kim Jong-il suspended a propaganda campaign to promote his youngest son. His birthday has since become a national holiday, celebrated on 8 January, according to a report by a South Korean website.
    On 8 March 2009, BBC News reported that Kim Jong-un was on the ballot for elections to the Supreme People's Assembly, the rubber stamp parliament of North Korea.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent reports indicated that his name did not appear on the list of lawmakers, but he was later elevated to a mid-level position in the National Defense Commission, which is a branch of the North Korean military.
    But what of the lives of the average people?" On 15 January 2009 the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that Kim Jong-il had appointed Kim Jong-un to be his successor.
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  • 2008
    The, quoting an analyst who spoke to The Korea Times of South Korea, reported that Kim Jong-il had hastily arranged his son's marriage after suffering a stroke in 2008. According to some sources, the two married in 2009 and Ri gave birth to a daughter in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Kim Jong-un has one half-brother, one half-sister and an older full-brother (see below). He also has a younger full-sister, Kim Yo-jong, who was believed to be about 23 in 2012. She sometimes accompanies him. A Washington Post article states that he has an aunt and uncle who defected to the United States.
  • 2002
    Most analysts agree that Kim Jong-un attended Kim Il-sung University, a leading officer-training school in Pyongyang, from 2002 to 2007.
    More Details Hide Details For many years, only one confirmed photograph of him was known outside North Korea, apparently taken in the mid-1990s, when he was eleven. Occasional other supposed images of him surfaced but were often disputed. It was only in June 2010, shortly before he was given official posts and publicly introduced to the North Korean people, that more pictures were released of Kim, taken when he was attending school in Switzerland. The first official image of him as an adult was a group photograph released on 30 September 2010, at the end of the party conference that effectively anointed him, in which he is seated in the front row, two places from his father. This was followed by newsreel footage of him attending the conference. In 2013, Kim Jong-un was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics by HELP University, a private Malaysian university.
  • 2001
    His eldest half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, had been the favorite to succeed, but reportedly fell out of favor after 2001, when he was caught attempting to enter Japan on a fake passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
    More Details Hide Details Kim Jong-il's former personal chef, Kenji Fujimoto, revealed details regarding Kim Jong-un, with whom he had a good relationship, stating that he was favored to be his father's successor. Fujimoto also claimed that Jong-un was favored by his father over his elder brother, Kim Jong-chul, reasoning that Jong-chul is too feminine in character, while Jong-un is "exactly like his father". Furthermore, Fujimoto stated that "If power is to be handed over then Jong-un is the best for it. He has superb physical gifts, is a big drinker and never admits defeat." Also, according to Fujimoto, Jong-un smokes Yves Saint Laurent cigarettes, loves Johnnie Walker whisky and has a Mercedes-Benz 600 Sedan. When Jong-un was 18, Fujimoto described an episode where Jong-un once questioned his lavish lifestyle and asked, "We are here, playing basketball, riding horses, riding Jet Skis, having fun together.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Later, it was reported that Kim Jong-un attended the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz near Bern under the name "Pak-un" or "Un-pak" from 1998 until 2000 as the son of an employee of the Embassy of North Korea.
    More Details Hide Details Authorities of Köniz confirmed that a student from North Korea, registered as the son of a member of the Embassy, attended the school from August 1998 until the autumn of 2000, but were unable to give details about his identity. Pak-un first attended a special class for foreign-language children and later attended the regular classes of the 6th, 7th, 8th, and part of the final 9th year, leaving the school abruptly in the autumn of 2000. He was described as a well-integrated and ambitious student who liked to play basketball. However, his grades and attendance rating are reported to have been poor. The ambassador of North Korea in Switzerland, Ri Tcheul, had a close relationship with him and acted as a mentor. One of Pak-un's classmates told reporters that he had told him that he was the son of the leader of North Korea. According to some reports, Jong-un was described by classmates as a shy child who was awkward with girls and indifferent to political issues but who distinguished himself in sports, and had a fascination with the American National Basketball Association and Michael Jordan. One friend claimed that he had been shown pictures of Pak-un with Kobe Bryant and Toni Kukoč.
  • 1993
    According to reports first published in Japanese newspapers, he went to school in Switzerland near Bern. First reports claimed he attended the private English-language International School in Gümligen under the name "Chol-pak" or "Pak-chol" from 1993-98.
    More Details Hide Details He was described as shy, a good student who got along well with his classmates and was a basketball fan. He was chaperoned by an older student, who was thought to be his bodyguard.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Kim Jong-Un was the second of three children Ko Yong-hui bore to Kim Jong-il; his elder brother Kim Jong-chul was born in 1981, while his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, is believed to have been born in 1987.
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  • 1984
    Born in 1984.
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