Kim Jong il was born in the year 1941 or 1942 and has been known as one of the most dominating and powerful men in North Korea. His influential personality is somewhat of a controversy among different schools of thought and some believe that his life and character were something to look up to. His methods have been successful in developing the country known to many in present day as North Korea.

Who Is This Kim Jong il Man?

Kim Jong il was a man who was recognized as the Supreme Leader of Korea, which was later recognized as North Korea for a seven-year period, from the year 1994 to the year 2011. He took his position of power after his father Kim II-Sung passed away in the year 1994. At that time, Kim Jong il was actually the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea. He was also the Supreme Commander of the Korean people’s army which is ranked number 4 in the largest standing armies of the world. Kim Jong il was also the Chairman of the National Defense commission of his country. His father, on the other hand, was the person who founded the DPRK.

In the year 2009, in the month of April, the constitution of North Korea was amended to include the reform that Kim Jong il would be addressed by all at all times as the Supreme Leader of the DPRK, therefore earning him the title of Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. By his people, during his own rule, Kim Jong il was mostly referred to as the Dear Leader. His father, on the other hand, was more popularly addressed as the Great Leader instead of the Dear Leader.

Kim Jong il passed away in the year 2011 on the 19th of December. He was succeeded by his own son Kim Jong-un. He was also promoted in the ruling Worker’s Party to a very senior position that offered great honor to him. Kim Jong il was posthumously declared to be the “Eternal General Secretary” of the Worker’s Party of North Korea and he was also named to be the Eternal Chairman of the National Defense Commission. This is a tradition that people in North Korea follow which allows them to establish and to maintain eternal positions of power for rulers and leaders who have passed away. These rulers and leaders must be from the Kim dynasty.

Facts About Kim Jong il

Here are some interesting and rare facts about the late Kim Jong il who had a very interesting life story. Some of these facts are basic information about his life and his family, but others encompass a wide variety of interesting facts that you probably did not know about Kim Jong il:
  • He was born on the 16th of February either in the year 1941 or 1942. His birth year remains uncertain even to this day.

  • His day of passing however is very much certain, as he passed away on the 17th of December 2011.

  • Even his place of birth is not known for sure as some claim he was born in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics/Siberia and others say he was born in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Some people even say he was born in Khabarovsk or even Mount Paektu.

  • He was married three times. He was twice a widower and he passed away during his third marriage with Kim Ok. He got married to his last wife in July 2006.

  • Both of his previous wives died in the year 2004.

  • He had five children; 4 sons and 1 daughter

  • He was educated in political economy

  • In May 2000, Kim Jong il made a secret visit to China

  • In 2007, he received a handwritten and hand signed letter from American President George Bush requesting him to dismantle his country’s nuclear weapons programs. He complied.

  • He reportedly died of a heart attack at the age of 69

  • His funeral comprised of three long hours where people paid service to him

  • He accumulated at least 54 titles for himself only in the short span from 1953 to 2012.

  • A rumor was reported that Kim Jong il could walk and talk before he was six months old. Some people even spread the rumor that he could control the weather based on his mood.

  • He was a suspect for killing his own brother Kim Shu-Ra when he was five years old. His brother was drowned in the family swimming pool.

  • It was reported that he wore heels and lifts in his shoes

  • He was terrified of flying and only traveled in armored private trains.

  • His favorite movies were Friday the 13th, Godzilla, The Eternal Bosom of Hot Love and Rambo.

  • Many psychiatrists compiled a psychological evaluation on him that stated that the leader suffered from the big six psychiatric disorders which were paranoia, sadism, narcissism, schizophrenia, antisocialism and schizotypal. These same disorders were found to be dominant in Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and other such dictators.

  • He forced his staff into drug abuse and to take painkillers because he was afraid he would become a drug addict alone when he had to take painkillers after he fell off a horse.

  • Kim Jong il was afraid of flying and always travelled in armored private trains - one of which he eventually died inside

  • In 1978, Kim Jong il ordered the kidnapping of Shin Sang-ok, the South Korean film director, and his actress wife, Choi Eun-hee, in order to build up North Korea's film industry.

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