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Kim Jong-il

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Kim Jong-il's Biography

Kim Jong-il, also written as Kim Jong Il, born 16 February 1941 (Soviet records) or 16 February 1942 (North Korean records), is the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). He is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission, General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the ruling party since 1948, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, the fourth largest standing army in the world. In April 2009, North Korea's constitution was amended and now implicitly refers to him as the "Supreme Leader". He is also referred to as the "Dear Leader", "our Father", "the General" and "Generalissimo". His son Kim Jong-un was promoted to a senior position in the ruling Worker's Party and is heir apparent.

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  • A Korean ‘Sacred Duty’ Harbors a Dark Side

      News Source: Newyork Times | over 2 years ago
    Yonhap, via Agence France-Presse Getty Images A hospital in Gimpo, South Korea, after a corporal fired on fellow marines...These days, however, that marine pride, and the discipline of the South Korean military in general, has come under
  • One Korea, one enormous challenge

      News Source: Sydney Morning Herald | over 2 years ago
    A couple of years ago, it really looked as though the regime might be close to collapse, when Kim Jong-il suffered a severe stroke and the order of succession was unclear. According to Andrei Lankov, of Seoul's Kookmin University, who is one of the
  • 'Obama must not buy same NK story for 3rd time'

      News Source: Moreover Silicon Valley | over 2 years ago
    North Korean official was headed to New York for meetings with U.S. diplomats. Speculation has been soaring over possible resumption of the six-party talks on Pyongyang's denuclearization since last week, when the nuclear envoys of South and North

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