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Kim Jong-un: all news and scoops!

  • Occupation : statesman
  • Sign: Capricorn
  • Date of birth: Sunday, January 08, 1984 (age: 36 years old)
  • Country: North Korea

Kim Jong-un was born on January 8 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Son of former leader Kim Jong-il, his birth is subject to discussion since sources say he was born in 1983, others in 1984 and, according to the North Korean regime, in 1982.

Kim Jong-un spent most of his childhood in the family home, surrounded by bodyguards. This did not prevent him from going abroad from time to time using subterfuge to avoid attracting too much attention. For example, he and his mother use a false identity and real Brazilian passports to travel to Disneyland in Tokyo. The family will use the same method to enable him to attend school in Switzerland. At school, he shows an interest in math, art and basketball. Kim Jong-un is a true NBA enthusiast.

He returned to North Korea in the early 2000s and is currently training to become an infantry officer as he is expected to take over the reins of the country. Since 2006, badges bearing his effigy are available within the North Korean army and are distributed to officials. His training accelerated when his father began to show signs of weakness. After his stroke in August 2008, Kim Jong-il confirmed that his son would succeed him.

On December 17, 2011, he officially becomes the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Under his command, the country accelerates its nuclear arms race by conducting numerous tests and becomes increasingly ruthless in international relations.

Despite his iron fist, he still shows signs of openness. He agrees to meet with the President of South Korea at an inter-Korean summit as well as with the President of China. If his relations with the other Asian leaders seem calm, it is not the same with Western leaders, especially Donald Trump. The two men confronted each other for several months through tweets and official statements, threatening each other with nuclear war. However, in June 2018, the two men met to general surprise.

On May 1, 2020, after several weeks of absence and many rumors about his health, he reappears at the inauguration of a factory in Sunchon.

On the private side, he is married to Ri Sol-ju.

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