Friday, January 12, 2007

Short Facts about North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il

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]

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