PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- North Korea's state-run broadcaster says Kim Jong-Il, the country's leader is a deity with more than 1,200 titles.
Among them are The Sun of the 21st Century, the Eternal Sun, the Guardian Deity of the Planet, the Sun of Socialism, the Ever-Victorious General, Eternal Sun and the Guardian Deity of the Planet.
"Prominent leaders from 160 nations across the world have used at least 1,200 tiles to honor our Great General (Kim Jong-Il)," said the Korean Central Broadcasting Station in a recent report.
Other references include Lode Star of the 21st Century, Peerless Leader, Beloved Leader, Great Leader, Dear Leader, Great Suryong (chieftain), the Sun of Revolution, the Sun of Life, the Sun of Juche (self-reliance, the ruling idea of the country) and the Fatherly Leader of all Koreans.
North Korea's official media began to use particular titles and phrases to refer to Kim in 1974, when his father and nation's founder, Kim Il-Sung, chose him as his successor.