Kim Jong Un: The Man Who Rules North Korea
Mpho Malgas -
1 month ago
Ruler of the hermit kingdom, he’s now closer than ever to developing nuclear weapons. But what do we really know about Supreme Leader and ’Rocket Man’, Kim Jung Un? Posing as tourists, we travelled to Pyongyang to experience life under his autocracy. We then spoke to people who knew him during his schooling in Switzerland and investigated the murder of his half-brother in Malaysia.<br><br>Born the third son, by Kim Jong II’s second wife, Kim Jong-un’s childhood remains somewhat mysterious. When he succeeded his father in 2011, many thought he was too young and weak to take power. They under-estimated him. He soon removed or executed all of the most powerful members of the regime. The most notorious ’elimination’ was the murder of his older half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, in Malaysia. Two women are now facing the death penalty and claim they were tricked by North Korean agents. We spoke to the lawyer of one of with women and hear from Kim Jong Nam’s friends, who confide that he knew he was in danger.