Kim Jong-il (born: Yuri Irsenovich Kim;2 16 February 19413 – 17 December 2011)4 was the supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) from 1994 to 2011. He succeeded his father and founder of the DPRK Kim Il-sung following the elder Kim’s death in 1994. Kim Jong-il was the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, and the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, the fourth-largest standing army in the world.
In April 2009, North Korea’s constitution was amended to refer to him implicitly as the “supreme leader”.5 He was also referred to as the “Dear Leader”, “our Father”, “the General”, and “Generalissimo”, among others.6 His son Kim Jong-un was promoted to a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party and is his successor.7 In 2010, he… read more
Kim Jong-il was a cinematic genius as evidenced by his groundbreaking contribution to film theory 'On the Art of the Cinema.' He makes Welles and Fellini look like Michael Bay.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Il or Kim Chong Il (born Feb. 16, 1941, Siberia, Russia, U.S.S.R.) Son of Kim Il-sung. He was designated his father's successor in 1980 and became North Korea's de facto leader on his father's death in 1994. in 1981 plotted to assassinate then South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan Chun Doo Hwan (jûn dō hwän), 1931–, Korean military leader, president of South Korea (1980–88). An army officer, Chun rose to power in a coup following the murder (1979) of South Korean President Park Chung Hee. William Bauer, Canadian ambassador to Seoul from 1981 to 1984, as saying Kim headed a North Korean espionage agency and paid a $400,000 down payment to two Canadians hired to kill Chun. was planned to take place when then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau visited South Korea in September 1981. Chun was the primary target, but Trudeau could have also been killed if the scheme had come off, he said. The paper also said Bauer learned of the assassination plot from the head of the South Korean presidential security guard. North Korean agents reportedly handed the two Canadians the down payment at a Vienna hotel, and their meetings were wire-tapped by South Korean intelligence officials. The Canadians absconded with the money and were later arrested. They pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud North Korean agents, the newspaper said. Bauer also said he was told in 1992 about an earlier plan to assassinate Chun at a resort in the Philippines, but the scheme never materialized, according to the report.