Kim Jong-un

third, and youngest, son of Kim Jong-il 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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North Korea and Kim Jong Un: Meet the known key players in the regime
Fox News - 1 day
Here's what you need to know about the key players in Kim Jong Un's regime.
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Olympics could ease tensions between North and South Korea
CBS News - 2 days
At the Olympics in South Korea, U.S. freeskier Nick Goepper won silver in the ski slopestyle competition. As important as games are to the athletes, they could also help bring peace to the troubled region. Twenty-two athletes from North Korea participated in the games, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare invitation to South Korea’s president to visit the North. CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports from Seoul.
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South Korea puts brakes on Kim talks
CNN - 4 days
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Saturday it was too early to talk about hosting a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hinting he would not rush the matter.
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A fake Kim Jong-Un said hi to North Korean cheerleaders, who didn't take it well
Yahoo News - 7 days
Guess someone was going to do it. A Kim Jong-un impersonator went to greet North Korean cheerleaders at the Winter Olympics, and you can bet it caused quite the stir. SEE ALSO: Olympics volunteer could not be more unimpressed with winter games Only identified as Howard, the Australian man of Chinese descent attended the women's ice hockey match between a unified Korean team and Japan on Wednesday.  During the match, he walked over to the group of North Koreans waving a unified Korea flag — only to be pushed aside by a group of apparent DPRK minders. Suffice it to say, the some of the North Korean cheerleaders weren't so impressed. This Kim Jong Un impersonator walked in front of the North Korean cheering squad at the Olympics, and boy were they unimpressed h/t @yoonjung_seo — Anna Fifield (@annafifield) February 14, 2018 Howard, who lives in Hong Kong, told triple j on Wednesday that three suspected North Korean "heavies" tried to...
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N Korea 'impressed' with S Korea's efforts
CNN - 8 days
North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has praised South Korea for its "very impressive" and "sincere" efforts in hosting the North's high-level delegation during the opening of the Winter Olympics.
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Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns On the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight
NYTimes - 9 days
Flashing smiles and without speaking in public, Kim Yo-jong outflanked Vice President Mike Pence in diplomatic image-making at the Winter Olympics.
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Portuguese carnival revelers poke fun at Putin, Trump and Kim - 10 days
LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese revelers portray Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as sharks, in a yearly carnival famed for its...
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Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang
CNN - 11 days
The South Korean President has been invited to travel to North Korea, following a formal invitation from the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders since 2007.
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Kim Jong-un Invites South Korean Leader to North for Summit Meeting
New York Times - 11 days
After North Korea’s leader relayed the proposal through his sister, President Moon Jae-in said the Koreas should “create the environment to make it happen.”
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Jong-un
  • 2016
    In July 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury imposed personal sanctions on Kim.
    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".
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  • 2015
    In December 2015, in a release from the official news agency, Kim announced that his country had developed a hydrogen bomb.
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    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.
  • 2014
    Kim Jong-un did not appear in public for six weeks in September and October 2014.
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    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.
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    On 9 March 2014, Kim Jong-un was elected to the Supreme People's Assembly.
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    On 9 March 2014, Kim Jong-un was elected unopposed to the Supreme People's Assembly.
  • 2013
    In December 2013, Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Sung-taek was arrested and executed for treachery.
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    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.
    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".
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Dennis Rodman said that the birthdate is 8 January 1983 after meeting Kim in September 2013.
  • 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).
    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.
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    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.
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    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".
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    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.
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    In July 2012, Kim Jong-un was promoted to wonsu (roughly translated to marshal), the highest active rank in the military.
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    On 15 April 2012, during a military parade to commemorate Kim Il-sung's centenary, Kim Jong-un made his first public speech.
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    On 13 April 2012, the 5th Session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly appointed Kim Jong-un Chairman of the National Defence Commission.
    On 27 March 2012, Kim was elected to the Fourth Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea.
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    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.
  • 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.
    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".
    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.
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    On 17 December 2011, Kim Jong-il died.
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    Kim was officially declared the supreme leader, following the state funeral of his father on 28 December 2011.
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  • 2010
    On 10 October 2010, alongside his father, Kim Jong-un attended the ruling Workers' Party's 65th anniversary celebration.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 2002
    Most analysts agree that Kim Jong-un attended Kim Il-sung University, a leading officer-training school in Pyongyang, from 2002 to 2007.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1984
    Born in 1984.
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