Kim Jong-un took on the mantle of North Korea’s supreme leadership with little political or military experience behind him. Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s “Dear Leader”, was in the process of grooming him as his successor when he died in December 2011.Immediately after his father’s death, the younger Kim was hailed as “the great successor”. He was named head of the party, state and army within a fortnight of his father’s death.Since then, he has shown he is committed to the advancement of North Korea’s weapons programme, ordering four nuclear tests and several missile tests.He has also shown himself to be ruthless with the purge of his powerful uncle and the murder, widely attributed to an order from him, of his half-brother.’Morning Star King’Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his third wife Ko Yong-hui, was born in 1983 or 1984.He was initially not thought to be in the frame to take up his father’s mantle. Analysts focused instead on his older half-brother Kim Jong-nam and older full brother Kim Jong-chol.However Kim Jong-nam’s deportation from Japan in May 2001 and middle brother Kim Jong-chol’s reported “unmanliness” improved his chances.Analysts saw him as the coming man after he was awarded… Read full this story
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