Though North Korea has been under the dynastic rule of the Kim family since the close of World War II, Kim Jong Un, the country's current leader, was never promised the throne after his father's death.
According to Evan Osnos' new report in the New Yorker, Kim rose to power mainly through "attitude and aggression" and displaying an "inner strength" from an early age.
His half brothers Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Chol tended towards playfulness and meakness, but Kim Jong-un would wear Soviet military uniforms to his birthday as a child, according to Osnos.
SINCE Kim Jong Un came to power following the death of his father in December 2011, North Korea’s Young Leader has shown a passion for construction projects, with the emphasis on leisure —a pursuit he promised his subjects early on,...
Jang Song Thaek, who had been a key figure in helping leader Kim Jong Un consolidate power after his father's death, was put to death on charges of treason.
The L.A. Times World Now blog today posted an Associated Press video of the first public appearance of North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un after his father’s death three says ago. Watch the clip:
Kim Jong Un, son of the late Kim Jong Il, has been dubbed the ‘Great Successor’ by North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party following the death of his father on Sunday. Jong Un, estimated to be 27 or 28, has been groomed as North Korea’s...