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Korean NGOs call for social consensus on unification issue

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (UPI) --Civil society groups and a recent book look to make unification a popular issue among South Koreans through an appeal to history and greater public engagement.
Michael Marshall
Kim Jong Un's absence tied to ankle surgery

Kim Jong Un's absence tied to ankle surgery

SEOUL , Sept. 30 (UPI) --North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's departure from the world stage for nearly a month has been traced to ankle surgery, a report said.
Ed Adamczyk
Kim Jung Un is ill, North Korean press agency says

Kim Jung Un is ill, North Korean press agency says

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Sept. 26 (UPI) --North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seen limping in his most recent public appearance, is suffering "discomfort," the North Korean state media reported Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese

Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Sept. 18 (UPI) --North Korean defectors claim Kim Jong Un's weight problems are partially due to the dictator's taste for specially imported Swiss cheese.
Ben Hooper
American man arrested trying to swim to North Korea

American man arrested trying to swim to North Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (UPI) --An American man arrested Tuesday night near Seoul, South Korea, was apparently trying to swim to North Korea.
Gabrielle Levy
Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' will be cut to please North Korea

Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' will be cut to please North Korea

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Sony Pictures is planning to cut "The Interview" following months of complaints by the North Korean government over the film's plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
Veronica Linares
Online security service starts selling Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin cat-scratch posts

Online security service starts selling Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin cat-scratch posts

EERIE, Ind., Aug. 13 (UPI) --The Pussycat Riot campaign is selling Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin cat-scratch posts to promote an anti-Internet-censorship campaign.
Evan Bleier
Popular Kim Jong Un video from China draws protest from North Korea

Popular Kim Jong Un video from China draws protest from North Korea

BEIJING, July 22 (UPI) --According to reports, a viral video depicting a photoshopped Kim Jong Un showing off his dance moves is drawing protests from North Korea.
Evan Bleier
Chinese president's visit to South Korea seen as snub to North

Chinese president's visit to South Korea seen as snub to North

SEOUL , July 2 (UPI) --Chinese President Xi Jinping's first visit to South Korea this week is seen as a sign of displeasure with North Korea's leadership.
Ed Adamczyk
North Korea fires three short-range rockets

North Korea fires three short-range rockets

SEOUL, June 26 (UPI) --South Korea reports that North Korea has fired three short-range projectiles from its eastern coast, possibly as a show of strength.
Ananth Baliga
James Franco and Seth Rogen condemned by Kim Jong Un over new film

James Franco and Seth Rogen condemned by Kim Jong Un over new film

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 23 (UPI) --Kim Jong Un condemned Hollywood stars James Franco and Seth Rogen for their involvement in a film about the assassination of North Korea's leader.
Veronica Linares
Kim Jong Un inspects North Korean submarine, calls for better combat readiness

Kim Jong Un inspects North Korean submarine, calls for better combat readiness

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 16 (UPI) --North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un visited a naval unit on Monday, where he inspected a submarine and spoke about combat readiness, state media reported.
JC Finley
'The Interview' trailer: Seth Rogen, James Franco try to assassinate Kim Jong Un

'The Interview' trailer: Seth Rogen, James Franco try to assassinate Kim Jong Un

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) --James Franco and Seth Rogen join forces for "The Interview," a high-stakes buddy comedy about an attempt to kill North Korea's "Dear Leader."
Kate Stanton
Kim Jong Un visits Pyongyang hospital after building collapse

Kim Jong Un visits Pyongyang hospital after building collapse

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 19 (UPI) --North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a hospital in Pyongyang six days after the collapse of a residential building, reported the state news agency Monday.
Aileen Graef
North Korea confirms Pyongyang apartment building collapse, hundreds feared dead

North Korea confirms Pyongyang apartment building collapse, hundreds feared dead

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 19 (UPI) --The North Korean government was unusually forthcoming about the collapse of a 23-story apartment building in Pyongyang last week.
Kate Stanton
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China's state television shows footage of Kim Jong-un saluting his father North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's body during a state funeral in Pyongyang December 28, 2011. China offered its "deep condolences" on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, which analysts said will spur China's leaders to boost ties with Pyongyang to prevent instability. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Kim Jong-un (Korean: 김정은, Hanja: 金正恩,) also known as Kim Jong-eun or Kim Jung-eun, formerly Kim Jong-woon or Kim Jung-woon (born 1983 or early 1984), is the third and youngest son of Kim Jong-il with his late consort Ko Young-hee.

He is a Daejang, the equivalent to an American four-star general, in the Korean People's Army. Recent actions, symbolic and overt, taken in late 2010 by current head of state and "Dear Leader" of North Korea (officially, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Kim Jong-il, strongly indicated that Kim Jong-un is now the heir presumptive to the leadership of the nation upon Kim Jong-il's death, incapacity, or deliberate abdication. It has been claimed that he studied computer science privately in Korea.

Kim's birth date is not known for certain, but he is thought to have been born in 1983 or early 1984. The North Korean officials formerly gave his date of birth as 8 January 1983, but from late 2009 gave 1982 as his birth year, possibly as part of preparations for his anointment as successor to his father, as the adjustment would make him 30 in 2012, which is significant for the regime.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Kim Jong Un."
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