Kim Jong Un Fast Facts


Here’s a look into the life of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Date of birth: January 8 (believed to be in his mid-30s, although year of birth not publicly available).

Father: Kim Jong Il

Mother: Ko Yong Hui

Marriage: Ri Sol Ju

Children: Ju Ae and reportedly two others

Education: Kim Il Sung Military Academy, 2002-2007

Younger son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

April 2009 – Appointed to the National Defense Commission of North Korea.

September 28, 2010 Promoted to four-star general and appointed vice chairman of the Central Military Commission as well as the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

October 9, 2010 Kim Jong Nam, eldest son of Kim Jong Il, tells Japan’s Asahi TV that he opposes the hereditary transfer of power to a third generation. These are his first comments since the promotion of Kim Jong Un, his half-brother.

December 17, 2011 – Kim Jong Il dies at the age of 69.

December 28, 2011 He accompanies the body of Kim Jong Il during the funeral procession through Pyongyang.

December 31, 2011 Take command of the North Korean army. The state-run Korean Central News Agency reports that power was transferred to him on October 8 at the behest of his father.

April 15, 2012 – He is speaking to hundreds of soldiers and others in Pyongyang as part of a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, his grandfather. Kim’s speech is his first televised speech since assuming leadership of the country.

June 6, 2012 He makes his second public speech, speaking to tens of thousands of children in Pyongyang at the 66th anniversary of the Korean Children’s Union. His father, Kim Jong Il, is believed to have only broadcast briefly during his reign.

July 18, 2012 – Kim receives the title of Marshal of the Army. It is the latest in a series of moves to reshape the top ranks of North Korea’s military. The announcement follows the dismissal of army chief Ri Yong Ho.

March 2013 – It hosts former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman.

September 8, 2013 – Returning from his second trip to North Korea, Rodman says he picked up “baby Ju Ae” and describes Kim as “a good father.”

January 8, 2014 – Rodman sings “Happy Birthday” to Kim before he and other former NBA players face the North Koreans in an exhibition game.

March 9, 2014 – Kim is unanimously elected as a deputy of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK, with a 100% turnout.

September-October 2014 – Kim has been out of public view for about six weeks, reportedly having a cyst removed from her right ankle.

July 2015 – South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se says Kim has executed 70 officials since he came to power in late 2011.

December 10, 2015 – According to state media KCNA, Kim claims that North Korea has added the hydrogen bomb to its nuclear arsenal. But outside observers are skeptical, saying a breakthrough in nuclear technology seems unlikely.

July 6, 2016 – The Obama administration imposes sanctions on Kim and 10 other regime officials for their alleged complicity in human rights abuses against the people of North Korea. The move is the first time Washington has personally sanctioned Kim.

September 21, 2016 – South Korea’s defense minister announces that South Korea has elite troops ready to assassinate Kim if the country feels threatened by North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

December 29, 2016 – A South Korean think tank publishes a report detailing the leader’s use of executions to maintain power. According to the report, 340 people were executed over a five-year period.

January 1, 2017 – During a televised speech, Kim claims that North Korea is almost ready to begin testing intercontinental ballistic missiles.

February 13, 2017 – Kim Jong Nam dies after being poisoned at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport. South Korea’s intelligence agency later said Kim ordered his death.

September 22, 2017 – After US President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the US is forced to defend itself or an ally. Kim makes a rare direct statement on North Korean television, saying Trump will “pay dearly” and “I will surely and definitely tame the mental disorder of the United States with fire.”

February 10, 2018 – He extends a formal invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to travel to North Korea. Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, presents the invitation to the presidential palace in Seoul, the first time a member of the North’s ruling dynasty has visited since the Korean War, which ended with an armistice in 1953.

March 8, 2018 – The White House announces that Trump has agreed to meet with Kim. The talks would be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

March 25-28, 2018 – Kim makes a surprise trip to Beijing and meets with President Xi Jinping, Chinese state media confirms. The trip is Kim’s first overseas since he took the reins after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in late 2011.

April 18, 2018 – Trump confirms CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited North Korea and met secretly with Kim. A White House official told CNN the meeting took place over the Easter weekend.

April 27, 2018 – During a one-day summit, Kim and Moon pledge to formally end the Korean War, 65 years after hostilities ceased. The Punmunjom Declaration also calls for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

May 26, 2018 – He is holding a surprise meeting with Moon, his second meeting in a month, in the Demilitarized Zone, the South Korean presidency said in a statement, days after Trump canceled a June 12 summit with Kim.

June 12, 2018 – He meets with Trump for nearly five hours in Singapore, the first time the leaders of the United States and North Korea have met. The two leaders sign a statement that reads: “President Trump pledged to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and President Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

September 18-20, 2018 – He is meeting Moon in Pyongyang, the third summit of 2018 between the two leaders and the first time since 2007 that a South Korean president has traveled to North Korea.

February 27 and 28, 2019 – Kim and Trump meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, but the summit ends without a joint agreement after Kim insists that all US sanctions on North Korea be lifted.

April 25, 2019 – Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold their first summit, in the Russian city of Vladivostok. After their meeting, Putin and Kim gave very brief statements saying they had exchanged views on the Korean conflict and thanked each other for coming.

June 30, 2019 – Kim greets Trump at the border between North and South Korea. Trump becomes the first sitting president to enter North Korea. He walks 20 steps over the border and shakes Kim’s hand. Although the US and North Korean governments signaled the historic nature of the meeting, their talks do not appear to have yielded new commitments on denuclearization.

April 20, 2020 – The United States is monitoring intelligence that suggests Kim is in grave danger after undergoing prior surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge. Another US official tells CNN that concerns about Kim’s health are credible, but the severity is difficult to assess.

May 2, 2020 – Kim made an appearance at a May Day celebration, where he was photographed smoking and laughing, according to North Korean state media. This would be the leader’s first public appearance in about three weeks after global speculation about his health.

January 9, 2021 – Kim says North Korea is developing new weaponry that includes a nuclear-powered submarine, tactical nuclear weapons and advanced warheads designed to penetrate missile defense systems.

June 16, 2021 – KCNA reports that Kim has admitted his country is facing a food shortage that he blamed on last year’s typhoon and floods, months after he urged people to undertake another “Hard March” as he ‘was addressing a high-level political meeting.

June 30, 2021 – State media reports that Kim has fired several senior officials who failed to enforce North Korea’s strict Covid-19 prevention, a failure the young dictator said would have “serious consequences” for the impoverished and isolated nation.

October 12, 2021 – Kim says North Korea’s weapons are needed to defend the country against a “hostile” United States, KCNA reports. Kim makes the remarks against a backdrop of missiles, including what analysts believe is one of the world’s largest ballistic missiles, at the Defense Development Exhibition to mark the 76th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea north

November 19, 2022 – KCNA released a photograph of Kim with his young daughter, whose existence had not been previously confirmed, at the launch of a “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile.

The strange world of Kim Jong Un


– Source: CNN

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