Kim Jong-un - The Third Generation of Kim Family rule of North Korea
The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, died on Dec 17, 2011 . It was reported by the North Korean media that he died of a heart attack while traveling on a train outside of Pyongyang. His son, Kim Jong-un (김정은 b. Jan. 8, 1983), was announced as his successor in the North Korean media, who referred to him as "the great successor." Kim Jong-un is the third and youngest son of Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-un's, eldest half-brother, Kim Jong-nam ( 김정남 b.May 10, 1970), had been the favourite to succeed, but reportedly fell out of favour after 2001, when he was caught attempting to enter Japan on a fake passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland. Kim Jong-un choice as Kim Jong-il's successor was signaled when Kim Jong-un was made a daejang ( general ) on 27 September 27, 2010 .
on May 9, 2016 .
Official North Korea State TV Announcement of Death of Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong-il funeral: Hysteria as cortege moves through Pyongyang snow
Tens of thousands gathered in Pyongyang to witness the funeral of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il The images show Kim Jong Un walking alongside his father's hearse as it left the huge square of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace.
Late Kim Jong-Il's body lying in state - Dec 20, 2011
Kim Jong-un made his debut at the largest military parade in the country's
history, in front of reporters from 18 different countries
Kim Jong-il's middle son, Kim Jong-chul (김정철 b. Sept. 25, 1981) , was reported to have been passed over by younger brother, Kim Jong-un, to succeed his father as the head of the Korean Workers' Party and de-facto head of state of North Korea. According to a book ( I was Kim Jong Il's Cook ) by a Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese who became Kim Jong-il's sushi chef from 1988 to 2001, Kim Jong-il considered Kim Jong-chul to be 'too feminine' to be the leader of North Korea. To read an article in The Atlantic, click here.
Ever wonder what it is like to go to school with a dictator's son? Marco Imhof knows. According to him, he attended school in Switzerland with Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong Un: The Unauthorized Biography . Watch .
He is the living god of the 9th nuclear power of the world, raised in secrecy to take over the commands of the North Korean regime. Investigators travel to Switzerland, the USA and Asia to find those who really know Kim and try to profile the new leader.
North Korea unveils Kim Jong-un's wife, Ri Sol-ju
July 26. 2012
George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with the former NBA
star on his visit to North Korea
March 3, 2013
North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un has reportedly ordered the execution of his defence minister, Hyon Yong-chol, with anti-aircraft guns - apparently for the heinous crime of falling asleep at an event attended by his leader.
Since taking power, Kim has ordered a series of executions of officials he deems to have disobeyed him, and of their family members. In the case of Jang Sung-taek, this reportedly included the grandchildren of all close relatives
Kim's 'Reign of Terror' continues as N. Korean Army General Ri Yong-gil is executed
This is the latest in a long list of executions of officials ordered by Kim. Over a hundred officials are said to have been purged since Kim came to power in late 2011. In comparison, his father Kim Jong-il and former leader of the communist state is only said to have killed 10 officials during his early years in power. The most notable purge to date was Kim's uncle Jang Sung-taek in 2013, for alleged treason. He was at one time considered the second most powerful man in North Korea. These purges of officials suggest Kim is continually looking to assert his authority and consolidate his power.
North Korea scraps the 1953 Armistice that suspended Korean War (Mar 11, 2013)
In response to the U.N. Security Council passing tougher sanctions against it for its February 12, 2013 nuclear test. North Korea also cut off direct hotline phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two nations. Since the two nations remain technically at war, it remains to be seen whether the invalidation means that either side can resume hostilities.
Kim Jong-un began to be groomed for the top position after Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke like illness in 2008. Kim made about 100 public appearances with his father. According to U.S. intelligence sources, Kim Jong-un is likely to be as hard lined as his father and not expected to enact political or economic reforms as he is surrounded by advisors to act as regents such as Ri Yung-ho (Chief of the general staff of the Korean People's Army), Kim Kyung-Hee (Kim Kong Hui) the younger sister of Kim Jong-il, whom he was very close to and her husband Jang Sung-thaek, a member of the National defense Commission. Some speculate Kim Jong-un,who was promoted to general in the army, was behind the attacks on South Korea in 2010 to gain a reputation.
North Korea under Kim Jong-un
At the state funeral for the Kim Jong-il, Kim Yong-nam, the senior speaker, the head of the North Korean parliament spoke of continuing Kim Jong-il's policy of 'military first' or (선군정치, Son'gun chŏngch'i), indicating there would be no major changes in the direction of North Korean policy. Kim Jong-il created this policy in the mid-1990s to maintain power as North Korea economy faltered and the country was hit with severe famine. Kim Jong-un has only spoken once in public and has made no public statement as of Jan 30, 2011.
Reports from defectors indicate that the human rights violations ( execution of defectors, public executions, operating political prison camps ) have continued under the new leadership of Kim Jong-un . It is assumed that Kim Jong-un was involved in the bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island and the Cheonan sinking of a south Korean navy vessel Cheonan to strengthen his military credentials and facilitate a successful transition of power from his father.
On March 8, 2013, the North Korean government announced that it was withdrawing from all non-aggression pacts with South Korea in response to UN Resolution 2094. The announcement said it was closing its joint border crossing with South Korea and cutting off the hotline to the South.
North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point. The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month. Earlier, Pyongyang said it had a right to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear strike and was pulling out of the armistice that ended the Korean War. The US said "extreme rhetoric" was not unusual for Pyongyang. March 11, 2013 .
China, which is the North's only major ally, called for both North and South to show restraint and to continue talking. Beijing rarely criticizes its ally, but has criticized the North's nuclear tests and has given support to the UN's sanctions. South Korea's President Park Geun-hye said the current security situation was "very grave" but that she would "deal strongly" with provocation from the North. She also said she was ready to talk to Pyongyang if it "comes out on the path toward change". 'Puppet traitors' The North Korean announcement, carried on the KCNA state news agency, said the North was cancelling all non-aggression pacts with the South and closing the main Panmunjom border crossing inside the Demilitarized Zone. The threatened preemptive nuclear strike seems more bluff than reality, since the North's leaders know it would be suicidal, and an attack on the US seems impracticable given the still technically rudimentary quality of the North's ballistic missile program and the unproven state of its nuclear miniaturisation technology needed to place a nuclear warhead atop a missile.
A more troubling possibility is that the North might choose - out of irritation with the UN - to precipitate a border clash with South Korea, either on land or sea, as it did before in 2010. Will sanctions persuade or provoke? The two Koreas have reached a range of agreements over the years, including a 1991 pact on resolving disputes and avoiding military clashes, but the North Korean statement did not expand on what was being cancelled. It also said it was notifying the South that it was "immediately" cutting off the North-South hotline, saying there was "nothing to talk to the puppet group of traitors about". The hotline, installed in 1971, is intended as a means of direct communication at a time of high tension, but is also used to co-ordinate the passage of people and goods through the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also visited front-line military units that were involved in the shelling of a South Korean island in 2010, KCNA reports. The reports said he had urged soldiers to keep themselves ready to "annihilate the enemy" at any time. The BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul says it appears the North is trying to build a sense of crisis domestically, with a large rally staged in Pyongyang on Friday and reports of camouflage netting on public transport. North Korea has breached agreements before and withdrawing from them does not necessarily mean war, our correspondent says, but it does signal a more unpredictable and unstable situation. Shutting down the hotline will leave both more exposed to misunderstandings, she adds.
Kim Jong Un's Speech to the WPK's Seventh Congress ( CC ) Watch .
Despite the American and UN trade sanctions on North Korea since a nuclear weapon test in 2006 and the sinking of a South Korean navy ship in 2010, there has been a significant increase in the importation of cars, cellphones, laptops, appliances and other goods from China. Imports of cellphones have risen 4,200% since 2007. Many North Korean watchers believe that North Korea can continue to bring in enough hard currency through weapon sales through the secretive Office 39 and import enough luxuries to maintain the support of the political and military elite.
Let's support our Supreme Commander with Arms
Modern Medley of North Koreas Moranbong Band "Let's Support Our Supreme Commander with Arms" The Moranbong Band is an all-female music group in North Korea whose members were selected by Kim Jong-un. Watch video .