Kim Jong Il
* Was born in Siberia in 1942 or 43.
* Is 5-foot, 3-inches tall and wears 12-centimeter (4.7 inch) high platform shoes.
* Has only been heard by North Koreans once, in 1992, in a national broadcast. He said: "Glory to the heroic soldiers of the People's Army."
* Has never appeared speaking live on TV in North Korea.
* Averages about 150 visits per year to schools, military bases, factories.
* Has the world's fifth-largest army.
* Gives his top generals loyalty tests.
[Excerpt of an article by Robert Marquand, The Christian Science Monitor]