Kim Jong-il, the North Korean dictator(as rest of the word call him), who died on Saturday aged 69, presided over the systematic impoverishment and starvation of millions of his people, while enjoying the life of a spoiled playboy – fast cars, fast women, cellars of vintage French wines, and a passion for Rambo and Daffy Duck videos. Although he is usually greeted as 'Dear Leader' in his country.
Nobody knows the truth even after his death(as per some news,he is not dead) as North Korea is an elusive nation and outside media is almost unable to penetrate inside news.North Korea and Kim Jong il was and still surrounded by speculations.Everything about him like his love for movies and french wines are came to be known from his chefs and certain people from outside world who may have traveled with him in his luxurious train,it is said that he abhors air travel,he is phobic to airplane travel.China & Russia was the only nation known to media he traveled outside his nation.
Kim Jong il was in category of legends as people can just make speculations and approximations about him.There are many tales about his likes,dislikes and his uncanny demeanor.Dictators around the world from recently demised Qaddafi to Hitler,comprises of eccentric tales.Its all about mystery which makes them more prone to irrational speculations.Elusive leaders and dictators around the world are escalated to pinnacle of myths.
Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994. In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994. In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.
Certain legends and tales surrounding him-
Reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine — was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.
Kim Jong Il had been groomed for 20 years to lead the communist nation founded by his guerrilla fighter-turned-politician father and built according to the principle of "juche," or self-reliance.
Even with a successor, there had been some fear among North Korean observers of a behind-the-scenes power struggle or nuclear instability upon the elder Kim's death.
Few firm facts are available when it comes to North Korea, one of the most isolated countries in the world, and not much is clear about the man known as the "Dear Leader."
North Korean legend has it that Kim was born on Mount Paekdu, one of Korea's most cherished sites, in 1942, a birth heralded in the heavens by a pair of rainbows and a brilliant new star.
Soviet records, however, indicate he was born in Siberia, in 1941.
Kim Jong Il, a graduate of Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung University, was 33 when his father anointed him his eventual successor.
Even before he took over as leader, there were signs the younger Kim would maintain — and perhaps exceed — his father's hard-line stance.
South Korea has accused Kim of masterminding a 1983 bombing that killed 17 South Korean officials visiting Burma, now known as Myanmar. In 1987, the bombing of a Korean Air Flight killed all 115 people on board; a North Korean agent who confessed to planting the device said Kim ordered the downing of the plane himself.
Kim Jong Il took over after his father died in 1994, eventually taking the posts of chairman of the National Defense Commission, commander of the Korean People's Army and head of the ruling Worker's Party while his father remained as North Korea's "eternal president."
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He faithfully carried out his father's policy of "military first," devoting much of the country's scarce resources to its troops — even as his people suffered from a prolonged famine — and built the world's fifth-largest military.
Kim also sought to build up the country's nuclear arms arsenal, which culminated in North Korea's first nuclear test explosion, an underground blast conducted in October 2006.
There are many more tales about him,but its hard to know,where reality ends & fantasy begins.