Kim Jong-un

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
In this Korean name, the family name is Kim.
Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-Un Photorealistic-Sketch.jpg
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 33–34)[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]
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏngŭn
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong(-)eun

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. 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).[6] He is the world's youngest head of state.

References[change | change source]

  1. "N.Korea declares Kim Jong-Un commander of military". Agence France-Presse. 30 December 2011. 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. Who is North Korea's secretive Kim Jong Un?