Kim Jong-un (officially transcribed Kim Jong Un; Hangul: ???; Korean pronunciation: [kim.dz??.?n]; born 8 January 1983) is a North Korean politician. He has been Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and Chairman (previously called first secretary) of the Workers Party of Korea since 2012. Kim is the second child of Kim Jong-il (1941–2011) and Ko Yong-hui (1952–2004). He is the grandson of Kim Il-sung, who was the first leader of North Korea from 1948 to 1994. Kim is the first North Korean leader who was born after the countrys founding.From late 2010, Kim Jong-un was viewed as heir apparent to the leadership of the DPRK, and following the elder Kims death, North Korean state television announced him as the Great Successor. Kim holds the titles of Chairman of the Workers Party of Korea (as First Secretary between 2012 and 2016), Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, and member of the Presidium of the Politburo of the Workers Party of Korea, the highest decision-making body in North Korea. Kim was promoted to the rank of Marshal of North Korea in the Korean Peoples Army on 18 July 2012, consolidating his position as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and is often referred to as Marshal Kim Jong-un, the Marshal or Dear Respected by state media.On 12 December 2013, Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek for treachery. Kim is widely believed to have ordered the assassination of his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia in February 2017.In 2018 Kim Jong-un and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in met twice in Panmunjom on the border between North and South, and once in Pyongyang. On 12 June 2018, Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump met for a summit in Singapore, the first-ever talks held between a North Korean leader and a sitting US President, to discuss the North Korean nuclear program. A follow-up meeting in Hanoi in February 2019 ended abruptly without an agreement.
On 25 April 2019, Kim Jong Un and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin held their first summit in Vladivostok, Russia.