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Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
(Chosŏn'gŭl: 김정은, Korean: [kim.dzɔŋ.ɯn];[a] born 8 January 1982, 1983 or 1984)[3] is a North Korean politician serving as Supreme Leader of North Korea
North Korea
since 2011 and Leader of the Workers' Party of Korea
Workers' Party of Korea
since 2012. He is the second child of Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
(1941–2011) and Ko Yong-hui[5] and the first North Korean leader to have been born after the country's founding. Before taking power, Kim was rarely seen in public, and many of the activities of Kim and his government remain unknown.[6] Even details such as what year he was born, and whether he did indeed attend a Western school under a pseudonym, are difficult to confirm. Kim succeeded his father and supreme leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-il, following the elder Kim's death in 2011. Kim holds the titles of Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea
Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea
(as First Secretary between 2012 and 2016), Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army,[7] and member of the Presidium of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea, the highest decision-making body in North Korea.[8] Kim was promoted to the rank of Marshal
Marshal
of North Korea
North Korea
in the Korean People's Army
Korean People's Army
on 18 July 2012, consolidating his position as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces[9] and is often referred to as Marshal
Marshal
Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
or "the Marshal" by state media.[10] Kim obtained two degrees, one in physics at Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
University, and another as an Army officer at the Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
Military University.[11][12] On 12 December 2013, North Korean news outlets reported that Kim Jong-un had ordered the execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek
Jang Song-thaek
due to "treachery".[13] On 9 March 2014, Kim was elected unopposed to the Supreme People's Assembly. He is widely believed to have ordered the assassination of his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia
Malaysia
in February 2017.[14][15]

Contents

1 Early life

1.1 Passport (1996)

2 Succession

2.1 Pre-2010 Party Conference speculation 2.2 Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission

3 Leader of North Korea

3.1 Assuming official titles 3.2 Economic policies 3.3 Nuclear weapons 3.4 Purges and executions 3.5 Human rights violations 3.6 Alleged 2017 CIA assassination attempt 3.7 Détente in 2018

4 Personality 5 Health 6 Family 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Early life

The Liebefeld-Steinhölzli public school in Köniz, Switzerland, which Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
is reported to have attended.

Scarce information on Kim Jong-un's early life comes from North Korean defectors and people who have claimed to witness him abroad, such as during his school attendance in Switzerland. Some of the information has been conflicting and contradictory, perhaps confusing him with his brother, Kim Jong-chul, who also attended school in Switzerland
Switzerland
around the same time. North Korean authorities have stated that his birthdate is 8 January 1982, but South Korean intelligence officials believe the actual date is a year later. Former basketball star Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman
said that the birthdate is 8 January 1983 after meeting Kim in September 2013 in North Korea.[1] Kim Jong-Un was the second of three children Ko Yong-hui
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.[16][17] According to reports first published in Japanese newspapers, he went to school in Switzerland
Switzerland
near Bern. First reports claimed he attended the private English-language International School in Gümligen
Gümligen
under the name "Chol-pak" or "Pak-chol" from 1993 to 1998.[18] He was described as shy, a good student who got along well with his classmates and was a basketball fan.[19] He was chaperoned by an older student, who was thought to be his bodyguard.[20] Later, it was reported that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
attended the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz
Köniz
near Bern
Bern
under the name "Pak-un" or "Un-pak" from 1998 until 2000 as the son of an employee of the North Korean embassy in Bern. Authorities of Köniz
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.[21] However, his grades and attendance rating are reported to have been poor.[22] The ambassador of North Korea
North Korea
in Switzerland, Ri Chol, had a close relationship with him and acted as a mentor.[23] One of Pak-un's classmates told reporters that he had told him that he was the son of the leader of North Korea.[24][25] According to some reports, Kim 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
National Basketball Association
and Michael Jordan. One friend claimed that he had been shown pictures of Pak-un with Kobe Bryant and Toni Kukoč.[26] In April 2012, new documents came to light indicating that Kim Jong-un had lived in Switzerland
Switzerland
since 1991 or 1992, earlier than previously thought.[27] The Laboratory of Anatomic Anthropology at the University of Lyon, France, after comparing the picture of the boy Pak-un taken at the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in 1999 with a picture of Kim Jong-un from 2012 came to the conclusion that the two faces show a conformity of 95%. The head of the institute, Raoul Perrot, a forensic anthropologist, considers it most likely that the two pictures show the same person.[28] It is believed that the student at the Gümligen
Gümligen
International School may not have been Kim Jong-un, but his elder brother Kim Jong-chul. It is not known whether the student known as Pak-un in Liebefeld Steinhölzli lived in Switzerland
Switzerland
prior to 1998.[29] All the children of Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
are said to have lived in Switzerland, as well as the mother of the two youngest sons, who lived in Geneva
Geneva
for some time.[23] Most analysts agree that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
attended Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
University, a leading officer-training school in Pyongyang, from 2002 to 2007.[30] For many years, only one confirmed photograph of him was known to exist outside North Korea, apparently taken in the mid-1990s, when he was eleven.[31] Occasionally other supposed images of him surfaced but were often disputed.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34] In 2013, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics by HELP University, a private Malaysian university.[35] Passport (1996) In late February 2018, Reuters
Reuters
reported[36] that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
and his father Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
both had fake passports supposedly issued by Brazil dated 26 February 1996, that were used to apply for visas in various countries. Both 10-year passports carry a stamp saying "Embassy of Brazil
Brazil
in Prague". Kim Jong-un's passport has the name Josef Pwag and date of birth of 1 February 1983 (supposed to be 1982–84). Kim Jong-il's passport carries the name Ijong Tchoi and birth date of 4 April 1940 (actually in 1941). Succession Pre-2010 Party Conference speculation Kim Jong-un's 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.[37] Kim Jong-nam
Kim Jong-nam
was killed in Malaysia
Malaysia
in 2017 by suspected North Korean agents.[38] Kim Jong-il's former personal chef, Kenji Fujimoto, revealed details regarding Kim Jong-un, with whom he had a good relationship,[39] stating that he was favored to be his father's successor. Fujimoto also said 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".[40] 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
Johnnie Walker
whisky and has a Mercedes-Benz 600
Mercedes-Benz 600
luxury sedan.[41] 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. But what of the lives of the average people?"[40] On 15 January 2009 the South Korean news agency Yonhap
Yonhap
reported that Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
had appointed Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
to be his successor.[37][42] On 8 March 2009, BBC News
BBC News
reported that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was on the ballot for elections to the Supreme People's Assembly, the rubber stamp parliament of North Korea.[43] Subsequent reports indicated that his name did not appear on the list of lawmakers,[44] but he was later elevated to a mid-level position in the National Defense Commission, which is a branch of the North Korean military.[45]

People paying homage[46] to the statues of Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
and Kim Jong-il, April 2012

From 2009, it was understood by foreign diplomatic services that Kim was to succeed his father Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
as the head of the Korean Workers' Party and de facto leader of North Korea.[47] He has been named "Yŏngmyŏng-han Tongji" (영명한 동지), which loosely translates to "Brilliant Comrade".[48] His father had also asked embassy staff abroad to pledge loyalty to his son.[49] There have also been reports that citizens in North Korea
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
Kim Jong-il
and Kim Il-sung.[50] Later, in June, Kim was reported to have visited China secretly to "present himself" to the Chinese leadership, who later warned against North Korea
North Korea
conducting another nuclear test.[51] The Chinese foreign ministry has strongly denied that this visit occurred.[52] In September 2009, it was reported that Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
had secured support for the succession plan, after a propaganda campaign.[53] It is believed by some that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was involved in the Cheonan sinking[54] and the bombardment of Yeonpyeong[55] to strengthen his military credentials and facilitate a successful transition of power from his father.[56] Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was made a daejang, the equivalent of a four-star general in the United States,[57] on 27 September 2010, a day ahead of a rare Workers' Party of Korea
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.[58] Despite the promotion, no further details, including verifiable portraits of Kim, were released.[59] 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.[60] On 10 October 2010, alongside his father, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
attended the ruling Workers' Party's 65th anniversary celebration. This was seen as 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.[61] In January 2011, the regime reportedly began purging around 200 protégés of both Jong-un's uncle-in-law Jang Song-thaek
Jang Song-thaek
and O Kuk-ryol, the vice chairman of the National Defence Commission, by either detention or execution to further prevent either man from rivaling Jong-un.[62] Leader of North Korea On 17 December 2011, Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
died. 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.[63] Some analysts had predicted that when Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
died, Jang Song-thaek
Jang Song-thaek
would act as regent, as Jong-un was too inexperienced to immediately lead the country.[64][65] Following his father's death, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was hailed as the "great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche", "outstanding leader of the party, army and people"[66] and "respected comrade who is identical to Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il",[67] and was made chairman of the Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
funeral committee. The Korean Central News Agency described Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
as "a great person born of heaven", a propaganda term only his father and grandfather had enjoyed.[68] And the ruling Workers' Party said in an editorial, "We vow with bleeding tears to call Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
our supreme commander, our leader."[69] He was publicly declared Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army on 24 December 2011[70] 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 WPK, assumed the supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army".[7]

North Korean soldiers saluting at the Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery in Pyongyang, 2012

On 26 December 2011, the leading North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
had been acting as chairman of the Central Military Commission,[71] and supreme leader of the country, following his father's demise.[72] On 9 January 2012, a large rally was held by the Korean People's Army in front of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
to honor Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
and to demonstrate loyalty.[73] In 2013, Forbes
Forbes
named Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
the World's 46th Most Powerful Person.[74] Assuming official titles On 27 March 2012, Kim was elected to the Fourth Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea. 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 of the Workers' Party of Korea.[75] In a speech made prior to the Conference, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
declared that "Imbuing the whole society with Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is the highest programme of our Party".[this quote needs a citation] On 13 April 2012, the 5th Session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly
Supreme People's Assembly
appointed Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
Chairman of the National Defence Commission. On 15 April 2012, during a military parade to commemorate Kim Il-sung's centenary, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
made his first public speech.[76] That speech became the basis of "Onwards Toward the Final Victory".[77] In July 2012,[78] Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was promoted to wonsu (roughly translated to marshal), the highest active rank in the military. 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
Korean Central News Agency
subsequently announced.[9] The only higher rank is Dae Wonsu
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.[9][78] 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.[9]

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Satellite imagery show the message "Long Live General Kim Jong-un, the Shining Sun!" in Korean on a hillside.

In November 2012, satellite photos revealed a half-kilometer-long (1,600 ft) propaganda message carved into a hillside in Ryanggang Province, reading, "Long Live General Kim Jong-un, the Shining Sun!"[79] 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
North Korea
has changed a lot since Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
assumed power. All of this is because of leader Kim Jong-un."[80]

Kim Jong-un's works

Officially, Kim Jong-un
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
Kim Yong-nam
(no relation). Each nominally holds powers equivalent to a third of a General Secretary's powers in most other one-party communist states. Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
commands the armed forces, Pak Pong-ju
Pak Pong-ju
heads the government, and Kim Yong-nam
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".[81] 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.[82] A letter from Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party
General Secretary of the Communist Party
of China, was hand-delivered during the discussion.[82] 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. Kim Jong-il never made televised addresses during his 17 years in power.[83] In lieu of delivering a speech, Kim Jong-il
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 Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League).[84] 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
North Korea
effective from 29 January.[85] On 9 March 2014, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was elected to a seat in the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's unicameral legislature. He ran 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" in his home district of Mount Paekdu.[86] The Supreme People's Assembly subsequently elected him first chairman of the National Defense Commission.[87]

People in Pyongyang watch Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
on North Korean TV, 2015

In May 2014, following the collapse of an apartment building in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un
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
Korean Central News Agency
used the rare expression "profound consolation and apology". An unnamed government official was quoted by the BBC
BBC
as saying Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
had "sat up all night, feeling painful".[88] 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.[89] Economic policies A set of comprehensive economic measures, the "Socialist Corporate Responsible Management System", were introduced in 2013.[90] 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.[90] North Korean media were describing the economy as a "flexible collectivist system" where enterprises were applying "active and evolutionary actions" to achieve economic development.[91] These reports reflect Kim's general economic policy of reforming management, increasing the autonomy and incentives for economic actors. This set of reforms known as the "May 30th measures" reaffirms both socialist ownership and "objective economic laws in guidance and management" to improve living standards. Other objectives of the measures are to increase the availability of domestically manufactured goods on markets, introduction of defence innovations into the civilian sector and boost international trade.[91] Nuclear weapons See also: North Korea
North Korea
and weapons of mass destruction

Model of a Unha-9 rocket on display at a floral exhibition in Pyongyang, 30 August 2013

Under Kim Jong-un, North Korea
North Korea
has continued to develop nuclear weapons. At a plenary meeting of the WPK Central Committee held on 31 March 2013, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
announced that North Korea
North Korea
will adopt "a new strategic line on carrying out economic construction and building nuclear armed forces simultaneously".[92] According to several analysts, North Korea
North Korea
sees the nuclear arsenal as vital to deter an attack, and it is unlikely that North Korea
North Korea
would launch a nuclear war.[93] According to a RAND Corporation
RAND Corporation
senior researcher, Kim Jong-un believes that nuclear weapons are his guarantee of regime survival.[94] During the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea in 2016, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
stated that North Korea
North Korea
would "not use nuclear weapons first unless aggressive hostile forces use nuclear weapons to invade on our sovereignty".[95] However, on other occasions, North Korea
Korea
has threatened "pre-emptive" nuclear attacks against a US-led attack.[96] In December 2015, Kim stated that his family "turned the DPRK 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".[97] In January 2018, estimates of North Korea's nuclear arsenal ranged between 15 to 60 bombs, probably including hydrogen bombs. In the opinion of analysts, the Hwasong-15
Hwasong-15
missile is capable of striking anywhere in the United States.[98] The United Nations has enacted a series of sanctions against North Korea
Korea
for its nuclear program and missile tests.[99] In March 2018, South Korean official Chung Eui-Yong announced at the White House that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
told the South Koreans that he is "committed to denuclearisation" and " North Korea
North Korea
will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests."[100] Purges and executions Further information: List of officials purged and executed by Kim Jong-un As with all reporting on North Korea, reports of purges and executions are difficult to verify.[101] In May 2016, analysts were surprised to find that General Ri Yong-gil, reported by South Korea
South Korea
to have been executed earlier in the year, was, in fact, alive and well.[102] In December 2013, Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-thaek
Jang Song-thaek
was arrested and executed for treachery.[103] Jang is believed to have been executed by firing squad. Yonhap
Yonhap
has stated that, according to multiple unnamed sources, Kim Jong-un
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.[104] 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 ..."[105] 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".[106] O Sang-hon (Chosŏn'gŭl: 오상헌; RR: O Sangheon; MR: O Sanghŏn) was a deputy security minister in the Ministry of People's Security in the government of North Korea
North Korea
who was reportedly killed in a political purge in 2014. According to the South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo, O was executed by flamethrower for his role in supporting Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-taek.[107] Human rights violations See also: Human rights in North Korea Human rights violations under the leadership of Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
were condemned by the UN General Assembly.[108] Press reports indicate that they are continuing under Kim Jong-un.[109] The 2013 report on the situation of human rights in North Korea[110] by United Nations Special Rapporteur
United Nations Special Rapporteur
Marzuki Darusman proposed a United Nations commission of inquiry[111] to document the accountability of Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
and other individuals in the North Korean government for alleged crimes against humanity.[112] The report of the commission of inquiry[113] was published in February 2014 and recommends making him accountable for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.[114] In July 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury
United States Department of the Treasury
imposed personal sanctions on Kim. Although his involvement in human rights abuses was cited as the reason,[115] officials said the sanctions target the country's nuclear and missile programs.[116] Alleged 2017 CIA assassination attempt In May 2017, the North Korean government stated that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States and the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) hired a North Korean lumberjack who worked in Russia
Russia
to assassinate Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
with a "biochemical weapon" that was both radioactive and nano-poisonous, and whose effect would have been delayed by a few months.[117] North Korea
North Korea
said that it would seek extradition of anyone involved in the assassination attempt.[118] Détente in 2018

Kim (right) meets with South Korea's Chief of the National Security Office Chung Eui-yong in Pyongyang on 5 March 2018 in discussion of peace talks between the countries

In his 2018 New Year Speech, Kim said that he was open to dialogue with South Korea
South Korea
with a view to take part in the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South.[119] The Seoul–Pyongyang hotline
Seoul–Pyongyang hotline
was reopened after almost two years.[120] North and South Korea
South Korea
marched together in the Olympics opening ceremony and fielded a united women's ice hockey team.[121] In addition to the athletes, Kim sent an unprecedented high-level delegation headed by his sister, Kim Yo-jong, and de facto head of state Kim Yong-nam, including performers such as the Samjiyon Orchestra.[122] On 5 March, he arranged a meeting with South Korea's Chief of the National Security Office, Chung Eui-yong.[123] Chung then traveled to Washington and passed on an invitation to U.S. President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
to meet with Kim, which Trump accepted.[124]

Supreme leader Kim meets with Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping
in Beijing, 26 March 2018

Chinese media announced that Kim had visited Beijing on 26 March.[125][126] This was confirmed by DPRK state press outlet Korean Central News Agency on 28 March.[127] This was his first trip abroad as the leader of the DPRK.[128][129][130] Personality Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese chef who used to work as Kim Jong-il's personal cook, described Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
as "a chip off the old block, a spitting image of his father in terms of face, body shape, and personality".[131] The Washington Post
The Washington Post
reported in 2009 that Kim Jong-un's school friends recalled he "spent hours doing meticulous pencil drawings of Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan".[132] He was obsessed with basketball and computer games.[26][133] On 26 February 2013, Kim Jong‑un met Dennis Rodman,[134] leading many reporters to speculate that Rodman was the first American that Kim had met.[135] 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."[136] Kim Jong-un’s net worth is estimated at US$5 billion.[137] In July 2012, Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
showed a change in cultural policy from his father by attending a Moranbong Band
Moranbong Band
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.[138] During Dennis Rodman's trip, Vice magazine correspondent Ryan Duffy observed that "the leader was 'socially awkward' and didn't make eye contact when shaking hands".[139] According to Cheong Seong-chang of the Sejong Institute, Kim Jong-un has greater visible interest in the welfare of his people and engages in greater interaction with them than his father did.[140] Health In 2009, reports suggested that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
was a diabetic and suffered from hypertension.[49][141] He is also known to smoke cigarettes.[142] Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
did not appear in public for six weeks in September and October 2014. State media reported that he was suffering from an "uncomfortable physical condition". Previously he had been seen limping.[143] When he reappeared, he was using a walking stick.[144] 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 130 kg (290 lb).[145] Family

Portraits of Kim Jong-un's father and grandfather (Arirang Festival mass games in Pyongyang)

On 25 July 2012, North Korean state media reported for the first time that Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
is married to Ri Sol-ju (리설주).[146][147] Ri, who appears to be in her early 20s, had been accompanying Kim Jong-un to public appearances for several weeks prior to the announcement.[147] According to a South Korean analyst, Kim Jong-il had hastily arranged the marriage after suffering a stroke in 2008, the two married in 2009, and they had a child in 2010.[148] Dennis Rodman, after visiting in 2013, reported that they had a daughter named Ju-ae.[149][150] However, South Korean sources speculated that they could have many children.[151] Kim is sometimes accompanied by his younger sister Kim Yo-jong,[16][17] who is said to be instrumental in creating his public image and organising public events for him.[152] According to Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, and others, the promotion of Kim Yo-jong
Kim Yo-jong
and others is a sign that "the Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
regime has ended its co-existence with the remnants of the previous Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
regime by carrying out a generational replacement in the party’s key elite posts".[153][154] On 13 February 2017, Kim Jong-nam, the exiled half-brother of Kim Jong-un, was assassinated with the nerve agent VX while walking through Terminal 2 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.[155]

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Select[α] family tree of North Korea's ruling[β] Kim family[γ][δ][ε]

Kim Bo-hyon 1871–1955

Kim Hyong-jik 1894–1926

Kang Pan-sok 1892–1932

Kim Jong-suk 1919[ζ]–1949

Kim Il-sung 1912–1994

Kim Song-ae 1924–2014

Kim Yong-ju 1920–

Kim Young-sook 1947–

Song Hye-rim 1937–2002

Kim Jong-il 1941[ζ]–2011

Ko Yong-hui 1952–2004

Kim Ok 1964–

Kim Kyong-hui 1946–

Jang Song-thaek 1946–2013

Kim Pyong-il 1954–

Kim Sol-song 1974–

Kim Jong-nam 1971–2017

Kim Jong-chul 1981–

Kim Jong-un 1984–

Ri Sol-ju c. 1986–

Kim Yo-jong 1987–

Kim Han-sol 1995–

Kim Ju-ae c. 2012[ζ]–

Notes:

^ To keep the tree of manageable size, it omits some members, e. g., brothers and sisters of Kim Jong-il. ^ Names of Supreme Leaders of the DPRK (and the name of the article being viewed, if any) are in bold font. ^ Korean names often have a variety of transliterations into English, which can be confusing. For example, "Kim Jong-chul" may also be written "Gim Jeong-cheol" or "Kim Jŏng-ch'ŏl" among many other variations. See Korean romanization
Korean romanization
for more information. ^ Huss, Kan; Frost, Clay. "North Korea's First Family: Mapping the personal and political drama of the Kim clan". msnbc.com. Retrieved 20 January 2013.  (Confirms many, but not all, of the birth and death years. See individual articles for more references.) ^ Yan, Holly (16 February 2017). "The world's most mysterious family tree: Kim Jong Un's secretive dynasty is full of drama, death". Design by Alberto Mier. CNN. Retrieved 16 February 2017.  ^ a b c Official biographies of Kim Jong-suk
Kim Jong-suk
and Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
give birth years of 1917 and 1942, respectively. Kim Ju-ae may have been born in late 2012 or early 2013.

See also

North Korea
North Korea
portal Politics portal

Kim dynasty (North Korea) Residences of North Korean leaders

Notes

^ The given name Jong-un / Jong Un is pronounced [tsɔŋ.ɯn] in isolation.

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Further reading

Bechtol, Bruce E., Jr. (2014). North Korea
North Korea
and Regional Security in the Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
Era: A New International Security Dilemma. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-40007-9.  Kim Jong Un Aphorisms (PDF). 1. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. 2016. ISBN 978-9946-0-1430-2.  Lee, Kyo-Duk; Lim, Soon-Hee; Cho, Jeong-Ah; Song, Joung-Ho (2013). Study on the Power Elite of the Kim Jong Un Regime (PDF). Study Series 13-01. Seoul: Korea
Korea
Institute for National Unification. ISBN 978-89-8479-708-6.  Thak Song-il; An Su-yong, eds. (January 2014). Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in the Year 2012 (PDF). Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. ISBN 978-9946-0-1192-9.  An Chol-gang, ed. (November 2014). Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in the Year 2013 (PDF). Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. ISBN 978-9946-0-1192-9. 

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kim Jong-un.

North Korea's Young Leader on Show – video report by The New York Times NSA Archive Kim Jong-Il: The "Great Successor" Official short biography at Naenara Kim Jong-un's works at Publications of the DPRK

Party political offices

Preceded by Kim Jong-il Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea First Secretary: 2012–2016 2016–present Incumbent

Chairman of the Central Military Commission Acting: 2011–2012 2012–present

Chairman of the Presidium of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea Acting: 2011–2012 2012–present

New office Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission 2010–2012 Served alongside: Ri Yong-ho Succeeded by Choe Ryong-hae & Ri Yong-ho

Political offices

Preceded by Kim Jong-il Supreme Leader of North Korea 2011–present Incumbent

Chairman of the State Affairs Commission National Defence Commission: 2012–2016 2016–present

Military offices

Preceded by Kim Jong-il Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army 2011–present Incumbent

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Supreme Leaders of North Korea

Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
(1948–1994) Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
(1994–2011) Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
(2011–)

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Leaders of the Workers' Party of Korea

Kim Tu-bong
Kim Tu-bong
(1946–1949) Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
(1949–1994) vacant (1994–1997) Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
(1997–2011) vacant (2011–2012) Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
(since 2012)

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Members of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea

Chairman

1. Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
(supreme leader)

Other members

2. Kim Yong-nam
Kim Yong-nam
( Presidium president) 3. Hwang Pyong-so
Hwang Pyong-so
(Director of the General Political Bureau) 4. Pak Pong-ju
Pak Pong-ju
(Premier) 5. Choe Ryong-hae
Choe Ryong-hae
(party vice-chairman)

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Kim dynasty of North Korea

Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
(1912–1994) Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
(1941–2011) Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
(1984–)

1st generation

Kim Hyong-jik
Kim Hyong-jik
(Kim Il-sung's father) Kang Pan-sok
Kang Pan-sok
(Kim Il-sung's mother)

2nd generation

Kim Jong-suk
Kim Jong-suk
(Kim Il-sung's first wife, Jong-il's mother) Kim Yong-ju (Kim Il-sung's brother) Kim Song-ae (Kim Il-sung's second wife)

3rd generation

Hong Il-chon (Kim Jong-il's first wife, divorced) Song Hye-rim (Kim Jong-il's first mistress) Kim Man-il (Kim Jong-il's brother) Jang Song-thaek
Jang Song-thaek
(Kim Jong-il's brother-in-law) Kim Kyong-hui
Kim Kyong-hui
(Kim Jong-il's sister) Kim Young-sook (Kim Jong-il's wife) Ko Yong-hui
Ko Yong-hui
(Kim Jong-il's second mistress, Jong-un's mother) Kim Pyong-il
Kim Pyong-il
(Kim Jong-il's half-brother) Kim Ok
Kim Ok
(Kim Jong-il's third mistress)

4th generation

Kim Yo-jong
Kim Yo-jong
(Kim Jong-un's sister) Kim Jong-chul (Kim Jong-un's brother) Kim Sul-song (Kim Jong-un's half-sister) Kim Jong-nam
Kim Jong-nam
(Kim Jong-un's half-brother) Ri Sol-ju (Kim Jong-un's wife)

5th generation

Kim Ju-ae (Kim Jong-un's daughter) Kim Han-sol (Kim Jong-nam's son)

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Leaders of Korea

Italics indicate an acting leader

Korean government- in-exile (1919–1948)

Syngman Rhee Yi Dong-nyeong Park Eun-sik Park Eun-sik Yi Yu-pil Yi Sang-ryong Yang Gi-tak Yi Dong-nyeong Ahn Changho Yi Dong-nyeong Hong Jin Kim Koo Yi Dong-nyeong Song Byeong-jo Yi Dong-nyeong Kim Koo Syngman Rhee

Divided Korea (since 1945)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Supreme Leaders

Kim Il-sung Kim Jong-il Kim Jong-un

Heads of state

Kim Tu-bong Choe Yong-gon Kim Il-sung Yang Hyong-sop Kim Yong-nam

Heads of government

Kim Il-sung Kim Il Pak Song-chol Ri Jong-ok Kang Song-san Ri Kun-mo Yon Hyong-muk Kang Song-san Hong Song-nam Hong Song-nam Pak Pong-ju Kim Yong-il Choe Yong-rim Pak Pong-ju

Republic of Korea

Heads of state and      government

Syngman Rhee Heo Jeong Kwak Sang-hoon Baek Nak-jun Yun Posun Park Chung-hee Park Chung-hee Choi Kyu-hah Choi Kyu-hah Pak Choong-hoon Chun Doo-hwan Roh Tae-woo Kim Young-sam Kim Dae-jung Roh Moo-hyun Goh Kun Roh Moo-hyun Lee Myung-bak Park Geun-hye Hwang Kyo-ahn Moon Jae-in

Authority control

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