Kim Jong-il (also written as Kim Jong Il) (born 16 February 1941, Vyatskoye, Soviet Union; official biographies state 16 February 1942, Baekdu Mountain, Japanese Korea) is the de facto leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Kim Jong-il is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission, Supreme
Commander of the Korean People's Army, and General Secretary of the Workers'
Party of Korea (the ruling party since 1948). He succeeded his father Kim
Il-sung, founder of North Korea, who died in 1994, and commands the fifth
largest standing army in the world. North Korea officially refers to him as the
"Great Leader" formerly referring to him as the "Dear Leader".
CNN has described Kim Jong-il as "one of the most mysterious leaders in the world.
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