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Kim Jong-un became the leader of North Korea in 2011, having inherited his position from his father Kim Jong-il.
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Kim Jong-un’s entire life has been shrouded in mystery since his birth. And one of the many questions surrounding his life was the identity of a woman who accompanied him in 2012.
Known as North Korea's "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-Il succeeded his father as the country's premier in 1994, and led the communist party until his death in 2001.
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It has also been speculated that the couple have a child.
Kim Jong-un, who is part of the cyber-generation, is seen as having a more mediagenic approach then his father, with the younger Kim having given a New Year's broadcast,
taking in musical performances with his wife and being seen as more engaging with soldiers and workers. He has also embraced cultural items that might be seen as more Western in their aesthetic.
Another sign of Jong-un's Western interests surfaced in early 2013. Former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman paid North Korea a two-day visit. During Rodman's stay, Kim accompanied him to watch a basketball game. Rodman has claimed that he wants to help improve relations between the United States and North Korea.
North Korea has been mired in poverty and economic ruin, with a devastating famine in the 1990s and food shortages that have continued for most of the population, affecting its school system as well. The country also reportedly has a concentration camp system with torturous, horrifying conditions for thousands of prisoners. Kim has vowed to focus on educational and economic reforms, including looking at a program that would allow North Koreans to work in China.
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