Kim Jong Un: North Korea's next leader?

South Korean intelligence sources are spreading the word that North Korea's ailing leader, Kim Jong Il, has settled on his third son, 26-year-old Kim Jong Un, as his successor.

Kim's birth date is not known for certain, but he is thought to have been born in 1983 or early 1984.  North Korean officials formerly gave his date of birth as 8 January 1983, but from late 2009 gave 1982 as his birth year, possibly as part of preparations for his anointment as successor to his father, as the adjustment would make him 30 in 2012, which is significant for the regime. 

It is reported that he attended the English-language International School of Berne, Switzerland until 1998. He try to under cover as the son of diplomatic driver and speaks fluent English, French and German.
On September 30, he was shown in a group photograph in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, seated next to a general. He has been given the informal title "Brilliant Comrade" by the North Korean press, which still labels his grandfather Kim Il-sung, founder of the DPRK as "The Great Leader" and his father Kim Jong-il as the "Dear Leader."

Kim Jong-un was himself made a general on 27 September, in apparent preparation for his succession to the leadership of the ruling Korean Workers' Party - despite his having no officially acknowledged military experience.


In October he attended the 65th anniversary celebrations of the Korean Workers' Party, in an apparent confirmation of his future leadership role by senior North Korean officials. He was made a vice-chairman of the party's Central Military Commission at the party celebrations.

Kim Jong-un appeared alongside his father on state TV at the event, probably the first time most of the citizens of his country had ever seen him.


It is expected that he will formally take over as supreme leader at some point after his father's death, possibly after a regency by an interim leadership until he gains experience.

Best Quote:
"I can't even enjoy the things I used to love, like forcing starving people to perform a five-hour dance routine in my honor, because I spend the whole time obsessing over whether I'm being wacko enough," Kim admitted. "That's what's so special about Dad, you know: He never worries about all that stuff, he just acts like himself. What can I say? The old man set the loony bar pretty high."



Kenji Fujimoto said Kim Jong-un 'Loves Nukes, Computer Games and Johnny Walker."

Fujimoto was Kim's chef for 13 years until he fled the communist county in 2001 and knew both his second son Jong-chol and Jong-un since they were small. Having recently published the Korean edition of a book entitled "North Korea's Heir, Why Kim Jong-un?," Fujimoto told the Chosun Ilbo in Seoul on Friday that Jong-un briefly returned to North Korea from his studies abroad in the early 2000s and said, "Our industrial technology lags behind. All we have is uranium ore."

Fujimoto said Kim senior showed his preference for his youngest son since the boys were young, saying in front of top officials, "The big one [Jong-chol] has a weak heart and is feminine, but the young one is manly." "To a first-time observer, it looked like Jong-un was the older brother and Jong-chol the younger," Fujimoto said.

Kim Jong-il told Jong-un since he was 15 that a man had to hold his liquor and allowed him to drink, but ordered him not to smoke. Jong-un favored Johnny Walker whisky and secretly smoked Yves Saint Laurent cigarettes with Fujimoto. He had a Mercedes 600 sedan and was fond of South Korean pop music and the Super Mario Brothers and Tetris computer games.

Fujimoto recalled Jong-un once told him, "I roller blade, play basketball and go jet skiing in the summer, but I wonder how other people live." he visited Tokyo Disney Land with his mother Ko Young-hui.

Jong-un seemed less interested in girls than Jong-chol but became wide-eyed with fascination whenever he saw female North Korean dance troupes perform, according to the ex-chef. "Just like Kim Jong-il, Jong-un will probably choose a bride according to his preference rather than according to his father's instructions," he said.

Asked about the heir's podgy shape, Fujimoto speculated that Kim Jong-il made Jong-un gain weight to give him more of a leader's gravity."

Kim Jong-il classified his female dance troupes into four categories according to their height (155 cm, 160 cm, 165 cm and 170 cm) and had them compete against each other. Once, he ordered dancers to perform naked and told senior officials to dance with them. Fujimoto said Kim was apparently trying to recreate the strip shows of the West.

Kim senior survived an assassination attempt in the late 1980s, when one of his bodyguards, drunk, aimed his gun at the leader's head during an evening stroll at a villa in Hamhung Province, according to Fujimoto. But the man was overpowered by other security personnel and executed on the spot.












6 Response to "Kim Jong Un: North Korea's next leader?"

  1. Thalassa says:

    I hope sincerely that this man will choose to live for peace!

    I hope he will bring peace for the north and south coreans instead of puberal hunger for power and hate. Or worse....death and sorrow.
    I hope he will choose for his people (and himself!) to live in freedom.... instead of walking in idiote militairy costumes!!
    So that maybe he once will get the Nobel price for peace.
    He can do it....if he is a real grown-up spiritual person.
    I pray the universe to give him that strength!

    Nice quote Thalassa

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    Chevaline says:

    its about time the Kim dynasty was dealt a rather large portion of instant sunshine and brought into the 21st century .

    KimTae says:

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