Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of North Korea, the third and youngest son of Kim Jong-il (1941–2011) and the grandson of Kim Il-sung (1912–1994). Following his father's death in 2011, he was announced as the "Great Successor" by North Korean state television. He has held the titles of the First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and also a presidium member of the Central Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea.

South troops on maximum alert as 'war-ready' North Korea's deadline to end propaganda broadcasts draws near

South Korean President Park Geun-hye (left) appeared on television wearing army fatigues and saying that provocations from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) would not be tolerated. Photos: AFP

South Korean troops stood at maximum alert today, with North Korea threatening to go to war unless Seoul meets a looming deadline to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border.

Saturday, 22 August, 2015, 11:37am 1 comment

No joke: North Korea's Kim Jong-un wins peace prize, as foundation says human rights abuses are ‘Western propaganda’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is known to be ruthless when dealing with disloyal senior officials.  Photo: Reuters/KCNA

A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has defended honouring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as “Western propaganda”.

Rachmawati Sukarnoputri confirmed the leader would receive an award from her organisation, the Sukarno Education Foundation, in September for his “peace, justice and humanity”.

4 Aug 2015 - 7:00am 3 comments

North Korean forces practice "for wiping out the U.S. and their allies": Video

North Korean forces practice "for wiping out the U.S. and their allies": Video

North Korea's state-run television has broadcast a new video showing the state's leader, Kim Jong Un, at the controls of a small plane and later watching a military drill. (Photo: File/KCNA/Reuters)

6 May 2015 - 9:40am

Mountain man Kim Jong-un 'scales North's highest peak'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes in the view from the summit of a snow-covered Mount Paedku. Photo: EPA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has scaled the country's highest mountain, state-run media said yesterday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provided mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons.

22 Apr 2015 - 8:56am 2 comments

Kim Jong-un takes new private jet for a spin ahead of late father's birthday celebrations

Kim Jong-un bows deeply to the embalmed corpse of his father at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Sunday. Photo: EPA

North Korea celebrated the birthday of late ruler Kim Jong-il with mass fireworks, high-ranking military promotions and a rally to pledge loyalty to his son, current leader Kim Jong-un.

17 Feb 2015 - 5:21pm 3 comments

South Korea's Park says she's open to summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un

South Korea's Park says she's open to summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye says she is willing to hold unconditional talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and to "meet just about anyone" to seek peace and reunification on the peninsula.

13 Jan 2015 - 11:07am

South Korean President Park willing to meet with Kim Jong-un 'without preconditions'

Park warns Kim that he should drop his nuclear pursuit in order to achieve an eventual unification. Photos: Kyodo, EPA

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said she is willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without preconditions, and the country's nuclear weapons programme wouldn't be an obstacle to holding the first Korean summit since 2007.

13 Jan 2015 - 6:52pm

Pyongyang pouring resources into elite cyberwarfare unit, defectors say

Sony Pictures' headquarters in Los Angeles. Sony  denounced the "brazen" cyber attack but downplayed reports that North Korea was behind the attack. Photo: AFP

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under suspicion for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

5 Dec 2014 - 11:14pm

North Korea may send Kim Jong-un's little sister on rare business trip to South

State television footage shows Kim Yo-jong (left), the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right). Photo:

Kim Jong-un’s sister may attend a South Korean event planned for early next year, an organiser said today, which would be the first time an immediate member of the ruling family would visit the South.

4 Dec 2014 - 12:27pm

North Korean directive means there can only be one Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (right) inspects the artillery company under Korean People's Army (KPA) unit 963 which started the new year combat and political drill at an undisclosed place in North Korea. Photo: AFP

A year before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un came to power, a directive was issued for anyone sharing his name to change it - maintaining a tradition upheld by the state's ruling Kim dynasty, a report said.

3 Dec 2014 - 10:32pm

No official holiday for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's birthday

Kim Jong-un is presumed to be 31 years old. Photo: Xinhua

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's birthday will again not be celebrated as a national holiday next year, it was learned yesterday.

1 Dec 2014 - 8:55pm 1 comment

Rising star of Kim Jong-un’s little sister Kim Yo-jong

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un tours the Sichon Museum of United States War Atrocities accompanied by his younger sister Kim Yo-jong (background). Photo: AP

North Korea revealed yesterday that leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister holds the title of a senior party official, confirming her rise through the ranks as a potential key aide to the young leader.

28 Nov 2014 - 3:37am 1 comment

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un to send a special envoy to Russia

Choe Ryong-hae (right) leaves after a meeting with South Korean officials at a hotel in Incheon, South Korea. Photo: AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will soon send a special envoy to Russia, state media reported yesterday, in a trip expected to focus on how to boost ties at a time when Pyongyang faces deepening diplomat isolation.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:18am

Solved: it was a cyst that floored North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un walks with a cane this month. Photo: EPA

South Korea's spy agency said it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's six-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of speculation.

29 Oct 2014 - 2:49am

Kim Jong-un's return to spotlight shows slightly more open North Korea

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Just like that, Kim Jong-un was back. For weeks, the portly North Korean leader's sudden disappearance from public view was the source of wild theories.

19 Oct 2014 - 6:27am

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