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We should send Kim Jong-un a note: "Who are you really mad at? The U.S. or your father?" Then arrest him while he's crying.
—Comedy Central's Indecision[1]

The Michelin Man Kim Jong-un (born in 1984)[2] is the current owner of North Korea, which he inherited from his father — the "dear leader" Kim Jong-il — and the world's youngest head of government. He is also the sexiest man alive[3] and the "greatest military commander in the world."[4] After the death of Jong-il on December 17, 2011, Jong-un was publicly declared the "Great Successor," and continued his father's tradition of having pictures taken of him looking at things. Allegedly, Jong-un was privately declared the successor in 1992 at age eight.[2]

Feverish rule[edit]

Kim Jong-un shows signs of following in his father and grandfather's footsteps,[5] claiming that he invented gravity (thus leading one to wonder exactly how people stayed on the ground before he was born unless Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung just used their divine power to keep people on the ground, of course), has invented a miracle cure for AIDS, Cancer, and Ebola, learned to drive when he was three and won a yacht race when he was nine. Oh, and he actually thought that Dennis Rodman was Barack Obama. This is pretty much the extent of what is known about him and it's entirely plausible that this is also the extent of the CIA's file on him.

Since the death of the second Kim, he managed to avoid the predicted chaos that some expected to happen — and by "chaos," we mean internal collapse, not the Armageddon that he will face from the USA, South Korea, and even China if he continues with his nuclear dick-waving. With that being said, there are reports that his ascension to power has triggered infighting inside the North Korean Army;[6] this has culminated in the public execution of Jang Song Taek, his Number Two and uncle in late 2013,[7] along with most of Jang's family.[8] [9]

A few months later, Kim then replaced his next Number Two, Choe Ryong-hae, which is now occurring at a rate that is getting interesting.[10] Or, rather, terrifying.[11]

As of mid-2016 he's apparently executed a senior education minister with an anti-aircraft gun for falling asleep during a meeting which was claimed to consitute an insult but in reality is just an excuse to keep purging the "old-guard" so they can be replaced with his own sycophants.[12]

Assassination rumours, health problems, etc.[edit]

In February 2012, it was reported that the Chinese Internet was "alight" with gossip that Kim had been assassinated in Beijing by a "team of ninja assassins."[13] The North Korean government did not comment on this, and given the track record of the Internet rumor mill at correctly reporting people's deaths it was obviously not true either way.

Speculation flared up again in September 2014 when North Korean state media uncharacteristically presented Kim walking with a limp and experiencing "discomfort"; after a weeks-long absence (like the ones Kim Jong-il took in his later years), he has begun using a cane in public.[14] While it is still unlikely that he would kick the bucket in the near future, the scenario is now rattling policymakers because the regime would have no clear successor.[15] Stay tuned.

Seth Rogen and James Franco released an action comedy in December 2014 called The Interview, about two journalists who plan to assassinate Kim. The North Korean government initially declared this "an act of war," and petitioned the White House to stop the release of the movie.[16] No, it didn't end there: hackers associated with the DPRK then engaged in a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures in an attempt to cancel the screening of the film, providing the basis of one of the biggest manifestations of the Streisand effect yet.[17]

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References[edit]

  1. There is some truth to this, actually. Kim Jong-nam, his older brother, was considered the heir apparent until 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998 By Anna Fifield (May 27 at 6:00 AM) The Washington Post.
  3. As reported by a Chinese newspaper, mistaking The Onion for serious news
  4. Kim out of strikes as world sits tight, Sydney Morning Herald
  5. So far, he is shaping up to be even worse than his father and his grandfather.
  6. North Korean army 'split' over Kim Jong-un, The Telegraph
  7. And Then There Were Two...Kim Jong Il's Dwindling Inner Circle, Foreign Policy
  8. Kim Jong-un Might Have Executed His Uncle's Entire Family, The Atlantic
  9. What North Korea Said About Jang Song Thaek, Wall Street Journal
  10. In Latest Government Shuffle, North Korean Leader Removes No. 2 Official From Top Posts, The New York Times
  11. "By almost every measure, the last three years have been more volatile, more unpredictable, potentially more dangerous, more irresponsible than the time of his father."
  12. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-north-korea-anti-aircraft-gun-execution-20160830-story.html
  13. Kim Jong-un assassination rumours flood Twitter, Weibo, National Post
  14. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un back at work -- but with a cane, like a fat Emperor PalpatineWashington Post
  15. Kim Jong-un’s Absence: Who Should Be Worried?, Council on Foreign Relations
  16. North Korea declares Seth Rogen and James Franco movie an act of war, AV Club
  17. Why We All Now Want to See 'The Interview': A Recap, Gizmodo