January 18, 2018

Who is North Korea’s Leader?

Who is North Korea’s Leader?

North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has been ruled by the Kim family since its establishment in 1948.

Kim Il-sung ruled the country till his death in 1994. His son Kim Jong-il led the country till 2011, followed by Kim Jong-il’s son Kim Jong-un thereafter.

However, in 1998, North Korea amended its constitution and named Kim Il-sung its Eternal Leader. (Eternal Chairman of the Republic).

The amended section now reads: “Under the leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Korean people will hold the great leader Comrade Kim Il-sung in high esteem as the eternal President of the Republic”

Therefore, Kim Il-sung is officially the leader of the DPRK until the regime falls or the constitution is amended someday in future.

Pic: Mansudae Grand Monument with giant statues of Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il (Nicor, Wikimedia Commons)

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