Kim Jong Il

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Kim Jong Il
Personal Life
Date & Place of Birth February 16, 1941
Vyatskoye, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Parents Kim Il-sung
Kim Jong-suk
Claimed religion Atheist
Education Kim Il-sung University
Spouse Kim Young Sook
Song Hye-rim
Ko Young-hee
Kim Ok
Children Kim Sul-song
Kim Il-soon
Kim Jong-nam
Kim Jong-chul
Kim Jong-un
Date & Place of Death n/a
Manner of Death n/a
Place of Burial n/a
Dictatorial Career
Country North Korea
Military Service n/a
Highest rank attained None
Political beliefs Communism
Political party Workers' Party of Korea
Date of Dictatorship July 8, 1994
Wars started Minor skirmishes with South Korea
Number of Deaths attributed 2,000,000 to 3,000,000+

Kim Jong Il (Hangul:김정일; Hanja:金正日) (born February 16, 1941 in Vyatskoye, Russia) has been the dictator of North Korea since coming to power in 1994. He is also the leader of the Communist Party of North Korea. He has been criticized for extensive human rights abuses in North Korea. Over one million people in North Korea have starved to death as a result of his corrupt government, disastrous agricultural polices and refusal to accept international aid.

He came into power in 1994, after his father Kim Il Sung died, and has remained the North Korean leader ever since. He is an intense persecutor of Christians and other organized religions. He is in conflict with the world community over the building of nuclear weapons, but seems to relish the attention. Kim claims North Korea has built a nuclear weapon.

Kim is only 5 feet 3 inches tall,[1] but styles his hair in an exaggerated fashion to appear to be taller leading some to speculate he has a Napoleon Complex.

Kim Jong Il is also thought to be a hypochondriac, as well as his chronic fear of flying. He travels by a custom built armored train. he is also famous also for his lavish lifestyle having been known to have at one time abducted a Japanese sushi chef for the sole purpose of making sushi for his "high exaltedness".[Citation Needed]

Cult of personality

Although not to the same extent as Kim Il Sung, North Koreans venerate Kim Jong Il under a similar cult of personality. Some examples of Kim Jong Il's personality cult:

  • He was born under a double rainbow on the sacred Baektul Mountain in 1942. At the moment of his birth, a bright star lit up the sky, the seasons spontaneously changed from winter to spring and a double rainbow appeared in the sky. (In truth, he was born in Vyatskoye, Siberia in 1941.)[2]
  • At the age of four, "he smeared a Japanese map with black ink, then a stormy rain poured down on Japan."

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