Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong-un is a North Korean politician serving as Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and Leader of the Workers' Party of Korea since 2012. Kim is the second child of Kim Jong-il (1941–2011) and Ko Yong-hui (1952–2004). The grandson of Kim Il-sung, the first leader of North Korea from 1948 to 1994, he is the first North Korean leader to have been born after the country's founding.
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  • China's Xi intends to visit North Korea next year, South Korea says
    Reuters

    China's Xi intends to visit North Korea next year, South Korea says

    Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Saturday, which would make Xi the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae-in in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea that he would "make time" to visit North Korea next year. Xi added that China would continue to play a constructive role in building peace on the Korean peninsula, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said at a briefing after the meeting between Xi and Moon.

  • North Korea's youth have 'no loyalty' to Kim Jong-un and are indifferent to politics, defector says in first interview
    The Independent

    North Korea's youth have 'no loyalty' to Kim Jong-un and are indifferent to politics, defector says in first interview

    Young North Koreans feel no allegiance to Kim Jong-un and are indifferent to politics, according to a defector who was shot by his own comrades as he escaped across the border last year. Oh Chong-song, a soldier and son of a general, was captured on camera making the dash into South Korea at Panmunjom village a year ago. The Panmunjom Declaration, signed by Mr Kim and Donald Trump at their unprecedented meeting this year as a statement of their desire to de-escalate their warlike stances, was named for the village.

  • Defector shot 5 times while escaping says 80% of younger North Koreans aren't loyal to Kim Jong Un
    Business Insider

    Defector shot 5 times while escaping says 80% of younger North Koreans aren't loyal to Kim Jong Un

    A North Korean border guard who defected in 2017 has given his first interview a year after his bullet-ridden escape, and he says most young people in the country aren't loyal to Kim Jong Un. On November 13, 2017, Oh Chong Song made the dash through Panmunjom ("Truce Village") in the demilitarized zone near the South Korean border, taking heavy fire from his colleagues, sustaining at least five bullet wounds, but ultimately surviving. In an interview with Japanese language newspaper Sankei Shimbun on Friday the 25-year-old spoke about his escape and his memories of North Korea. He said: "People my age, about 80% of them are indifferent and they don't feel loyal towards [Kim.]" Oh said: "Not being

  • Reuters

    China's Xi intends to visit N.Korea next year, S.Korea says

    Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Saturday, which would make Xi the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae-in in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea that he would "make time" to visit North Korea next year. Xi added that China would continue to play a constructive role in building peace on the Korean peninsula, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said at a briefing after the meeting between Xi and Moon.

  • Why there has been no progress in nuclear talks with North Korea
    The Economist

    Why there has been no progress in nuclear talks with North Korea

    “THERE IS NO longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” President Donald Trump tweeted in June. Mr Trump had just returned from a meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, North Korea's dictator. During the meeting, he claimed, Mr Kim had agreed to give up his nuclear programme in return for American security guarantees and, eventually, relief from sanctions. But more than five months later, the nuclear threat is alive and well. Intelligence reports suggest that Mr Kim is expanding his programme rather than rolling it back. On November 16th North Korea reported that the army had successfully tested an unspecified “ultramodern tactical weapon”, the first public reference to a recent weapons test

  • Kim Jong Un visits glass factory busted for making military equipment
    Daily Mail

    Kim Jong Un visits glass factory busted for making military equipment

    Kim Jong Un has been pictured at a glass factory which was busted in 2016 for producing military equipment. The dictator looked impressed as he handled glassware and other optical apparatuses at the Taegwan Glass Factory in North Pyongan Province.  This was Kim's first visit to the factory - which was found to have produced military lenses and was subject to South Korea's sanctions in 2016 - since 2014. The country's state-run news agency said its leader was impressed by the products he saw at the factory and wanted to modernise North Korea's production output.  Kim was accompanied by Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party, and two vice department directors of the party, Jo

  • Reuters

    China's Xi intends to visit North Korea next year, South Korea says

    Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Saturday, which would make Xi the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae-in in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea that he would "make time" to visit North Korea next year. Xi added that China would continue to play a constructive role in building peace on the Korean peninsula, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said at a briefing after the meeting between Xi and Moon.

  • The News-Times

    A look at Americans who have been detained in North Korea

    Caption Close SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it is expelling American Bruce Byron Lowrance after he slipped unlawfully into the police state known for its anti-U.S. fervor. He is believed to be the same person who was deported by South Korea a year ago after being caught wandering near the mine-strewn border with North Korea, looking for a way to cross over. Sneaking into North Korea has proved to be a powerful temptation for some Americans. Some were driven by religious zeal, others simply were attracted by the mystery of a remote and cloistered country that seems the polar opposite of anything they had experienced. A look at some of the Americans who have entered North Korea in