Kim Jong-un, a North Korean politician who has been the Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and the leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) since 2012, was born on January 8, 1982 or 1983. He is the son of Kim Jong-il and Ko Yong-hui, who served as North Korea’s second supreme leader from 1994 until 2011. He is the grandson of Kim Il-sung, who served as North Korea’s founder and first supreme leader from 1948 until his death in 1994.
Kim has been seen as the North Korean leader’s successor since late 2010. Kim was named the “Great Successor” by state television when his father died in December 2011. Kim is the Workers’ Party of Korea’s General Secretary, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and President of the State Affairs Commission. He is also a member of the Workers’ Party of Korea’s Politburo’s Presidium, the top decision-making body. Kim was promoted to Marshal in the Korean People’s Army in July 2012, solidifying his position as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. He is referred to as “the Marshal” or “Dear Respected Leader” in North Korean state media.
He has advocated for byungjin policy, which is comparable to Kim Il-strategy sung’s from the 1960s and refers to the development of the economy and the country’s nuclear weapons program at the same time.