The date of birth is not clear
Until the end of 2012, when Kim Jong Un took power in his own hands after his father’s death, the current North Korean leader was extremely rare to appear in public.
He is believed to have been born in 1982, 1983 or 1984 on 8 January. His mother was dancer Ko Young Hui, who was Kim Jong Il’s third wife.
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has hidden his family life, so very little is known about the country’s current leader, Kim Jon Un, his two brothers and four sisters. It is known that Kim Jong Un studied in Switzerland, where his classmates called him Pak Un. He was introduced as the son of a North Korean embassy employee who was described as a smart student learning German and English.
The school staff and his friends remember Kim Jong Un as a shy boy who enjoyed skiing and Hollywood action movie star Jean Claude Van Damme.
The Washington Post has written that Kim Jong Un had a great passion for basketball and was a quiet student.
Did not have to lead North Korea
After studying in Switzerland, Kim Jon Un is believed to have entered North Korea’s Kim Il Sung Military University, graduating in 2007. Until 2000, almost nothing was known about his activities.
Time has written that in 2008, when his father Kim Jong Il's health deteriorated, Kim Jong Un took an important position in North Korean intelligence, only with the help of loved ones.
Interestingly, Kim Jong Un was not the first candidate to take control of North Korea. It is believed that his eldest brother, Kim Jong House, should have been the head of the country, but he “fell” as a potential candidate because it turned out that he was trying to enter Japan illegally and was deported from it. Kim Jong House, seized with a forged passport, claimed he wanted to see Disneyland in Tokyo with his own eyes. At the time, Kim Jong Uno’s other brother was also unsuitable to lead North Korea because he was considered too spoiled. So analysts have no doubt that North Korean governance must go to Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un has been serious and aggressive since childhood. He even liked to wear Soviet military uniforms during his birthday parties. However, it is said that his father did not pay much attention to him as a child, as he was only the third in the line of inheritance. To hide the fact that his father had not planned to hand over control of North Korea to him for a very long time, Kim Jong Un is hardly talking about his past. The aim is for the people of North Korea not to realize that he was only third in line to rule North Korea and to forget how little support he had before his rule began.
In 2011, Kim Jong Un was already preparing to take control of the country. He was appointed General of the North Korean Armed Forces and Vice-Chairman of the Military Committee.
Following the takeover of North Korean rule by Kim Jong Un in 2012, political commentators hoped the country's new leader would pursue a different policy from his father, Kim Jong Il, and focus not on increasing North Korea's power but on starving people.
Kim Jong Un, unlike his father Kim Jong Il, did not shy away from showing his emotions in public. Even during his father’s funeral, he did not hide tears. Even then, it was speculated that he was likely to abandon aggressive policies. Still, these hopes have not materialized – Kim Jong Un continues the work begun by his predecessors, although he has recently declared a desire to move closer to the Western world, met several times with US President Donald Trump, but talks on North Korea's denuclearization have stalled.
Has at least 3 children
Kim Jong Un, according to South Korean intelligence, married Ri Sol Ju in 2009.
Ri Sol Ju is said to have come from an ordinary family, her father being a scientist and her mother a doctor. In 2005, the wife of the North Korean leader visited South Korea as the leader of his country's team supporting the Asian Athletics Championships.
In 2010, the couple had a firstborn, and three years later, a second child. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, after his trip to North Korea in 2013, was the only source of information about the couple's second child, a girl named Ju Ae.
In 2017, the third born child of Kim Jong Uno and Ri Sol Ju was reported.
Unclear health status
The world media has repeatedly spotted Kim Jong Uno’s health problems in information disseminated by North Korea. It is believed that it is because of them that he has repeatedly disappeared from public life.
In 2017, Kim Jong Un was spotted visiting a shoe factory. Even earlier, in 2014, the dictator’s cyst of the tibial joint was removed. This time, Kim Jong Un was seen in public on September 3, then disappeared from the public eye until October 14, when he appeared limping and limping with a stick.
It is said that the cyst at the time was caused by Kim Jong Uno being overweight, smoking and on an intense agenda.
South Korean intelligence had announced that the North Korean leader was languishing because he was constantly eating and drinking in moderation in an attempt to overcome insomnia and fear of being killed. It was also argued that Kim Jong Un demanded that scientists develop anti-obesity drugs that would not reduce food rations or exercise. It is said to be such a magical pill, but in 2012, Kim Jong Un weighed about 90 kg in 2012 and weighed about 130 kg in 2016.
In 2016, after rumors spread about Kim Jong-un's weight gain, Chinese people called him “Kim's thick third” on social media. North Korea then demanded that China restrict the freedom of expression of internet users because of its online insult to its leader Kim Jong-un.
He is also thought to suffer from gout.
Legends wrapped in legends
There is no shortage of legendary stories about Kim Jong Un’s life that were created and disseminated by North Korean propagandists to reinforce the cult of his leader.
One such story is that Kim Jong Un learned to drive a car at the age of three. At the time, his late father, Kim Jong Il, has said he hit the ball into 11 holes immediately after playing golf for the first time.
In 2014, news emerged that North Koreans were restricted in their choice of haircuts – men were instructed to shear as Kim Jong Un shears. It is true that before that it was said in the world media that in the past North Korean men were allowed to choose a hairstyle from 10, women – from 18 possible options.
The opposite is true with the name of the North Korean leader: the people of the country cannot have a name that is the same as that of the country’s dictator Kim Jong Uno. South Korea reported in 2014 that such a ban was adopted in North Korea back in 2011. Jong Un is a common Korean name for both men and women, which is why a number of people had to replace their birth certificates, social security cards and graduation diplomas after the ban came into force.
And in 2015, climbing North Korea's highest mountain, reaching 2,750 meters, he said, “Climbing Mount Pectusan provides spiritually valuable food that is more powerful than any nuclear weapon.”
Similar stories have been told about Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il – North Korean propaganda explains that the country's already deceased former leader started walking at the age of 3 weeks.
And in 2016, North Korea banned the country's population from sarcastically commenting on state leader Kim Jong Un and the totalitarian regime, saying it was outside the law.
Based on information published by the BBC, Time, The Washington Post, Newsweek