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Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

DPRK leader
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Kim Jong-un is a North Korean political, state, military and party figure. Since 2011 he has been the supreme leader of North Korea, succeeding his father Kim Jong-il.

Short biography

According to official data, Kim Jong-un was born on January 8, 1982. However, the media also give other dates: in particular, it is claimed that the year of birth could also be 1983 or 1984. In addition, the date of birth may also be different: July 5, 1984.

Kim Jong-un's mother is former ballerina Ko Young-hee, who was Kim Jong-il's third wife.

Information about Kim Jong-un's education also varies widely. It is known for certain that he received a degree in physics from Kim Il Sung University, as well as an army officer's degree from Kim Il Sung Military University.

He also received an honorary doctorate in economics from Malaysia's private HELP University in 2013.

The media claim that Kim Jong-un also secretly received his education at a private educational institution in Switzerland.

Kim Jong-un's Health

It is known that Kim Jong-un suffers from diabetes as well as hypertension due to his excess weight. His health is also badly affected by his passion for smoking.

In 2014, Kim Jong-un did not appear in public for about six weeks, after which he began to use a cane while walking.

In September 2015, South Korea reported that Kim had gained about 30 kilograms of extra weight during his tenure as head of the DPRK. Kim Jong-un's weight is estimated at 130 kilograms.

In April 2020, the Western media reported that Kim Jong-un underwent heart surgery and is in extremely serious condition. According to unconfirmed information, doctors diagnosed the DPRK leader with brain death.

Kim Jong-un's family

The DPRK leader is married to Lee Sol Joo. It is known about the girl that she is a graduate of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang. Her father is a teacher and her mother is a doctor. The couple's relationship was legalized in 2009.

According to media reports, Kim Jong-un has two children, the sex of which is unknown. The first child was born between fall 2010 and winter 2011. The second - at the end of December 2012.

It is also known that Kim Jong-Un has an older brother Kim Jong-Chol and a younger sister Kim Ye-Jung.

Another brother, Kim Jong Nam (exiled from the DPRK) was killed on February 13, 2017, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. He was injected with the poison substance VX (classified as a chemical weapon). The murder was allegedly ordered by Kim himself.

Kim Jae-un's successor

In the event of the DPRK leader's death, his successor will be his younger sister, Kim Ye Jung.

South Korean analysts note that Kim Jong-un's sister has strong influence in the government and enjoys the support of members of Pyongyang's leadership.

Kim Jong-un's titles

  • Supreme Leader of the DPRK, leader of the party, army and people (since December 19, 2011).

  • New star.

  • Brilliant comrade.

  • "Genius among geniuses" in military strategy.

  • Marshal of the DPRK (since July 18, 2012).

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