Kim Jong-un

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In this Korean name, the family name is Kim.
Kim Jong-un
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Supreme Leader of North Korea
Assumed office
17 December 2011
Premier Choe Yong-rim
Preceded by Kim Jong-il
First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea
Assumed office
11 April 2012
Deputy Kim Yong-nam
Choe Yong-rim
Choe Ryong-hae
Ri Yong-ho
Preceded by Kim Jong-il (General Secretary)
First Chairman of the National Defence Commission
Assumed office
13 April 2012
Deputy Kim Yong-Chun
Ri Yong-mu
Jang Song-thaek
O Kuk-ryol
Preceded by Kim Jong-il (Chairman)
Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army
Assumed office
30 December 2011[1]
Preceded by Kim Jong-il
Chairman of the Central Military Commission
Assumed office
11 April 2012
Acting: 17 December 2011 – 11 April 2012
Deputy Choe Ryong-hae
Ri Yong-ho
Preceded by Kim Jong-il
Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission
In office
28 September 2010 – 11 April 2012
Serving with Ri Yong-ho
Leader Kim Jong-il
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Choe Ryong-hae
Ri Yong-ho
Personal details
Born 8 January 1983 or 1984 (age 34–35)[2]
Pyongyang, North Korea
Political party Workers' Party of Korea
Spouse(s) Ri Sol-ju
Alma mater Kim Il-sung University
Kim Il-sung Military University
Military service
Allegiance  North Korea
Years of service 2010–present
Rank Marshal of the Republic (공화국원수, Konghwaguk wonsu)
Commands Supreme Commander
Kim Jong-un
Chosŏn'gŭl 김정은
Hancha 金正恩[3]
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong(-)eun
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏngŭn

Kim Jong-un [4] (born 8 January 1983)[5] is the current leader of Democratic Republic of North Korea In December 2011, he became the leader of North Korea after his father, Kim Jong-il died on 17 December 2011. His grandfather, Kim Il-Sung was the first leader of North Korea.

Little is known about his personality and habits, apart from the fact that he likes basketball. He is married to Ri Sol-ju. They married in 2009. They had a daughter in 2010. Kim received his education in the West. He attended a state school in Switzerland from 1998 to 2000 posing as a diplomat's son named Pak Un. Kim is reported to have later attended the Kim Il Sung Military University in Pyongyang from 2002 to 2007.[6] When his mother died of cancer in 2004, Kim went on a drinking and eating binge. His weight soared to almost 100 kilograms (220.5 lb).[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "N.Korea declares Kim Jong-Un commander of military". Agence France-Presse. 30 December 2011. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. Harlan, Chico (7 January 2012). "For Kim Jong Eun, a choreographed rise". Washington Post. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  3. (Korean)"[北 막오른 김정은 시대]조선중앙통신 보도, 金正銀(X) 金正恩". Naver. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  4. (Korean)""청년대장 김정은"... 북 후계자 시사 벽보 찍혔다". Kyunghyang Shinmun. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  5. "Profile: Kim Jong-un". BBC News. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  6. "Kim Jong Un Fast Facts". CNN. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  7. News, World (5 April 2013). "Who is North Korea's secretive Kim Jong Un? Here is what we know". NBC News. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016.