Sun Day, April 15, is a national holiday in North Korea in honor of the nation's founder, Kim Il-Sung. When his grandson and "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong-Un were absent from public celebrations, people naturally talked to each other. Is he alive Is he dead? Given the lack of independent media in North Korea, backing up Pyongyang rumors is always a challenge.
Here is a list of 10 of the best rumors about "The Marshal" Kim Jong-Un.
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10 His Haircut Is Mandatory
In 2014 Radio Free Asia reported that male North Korean university students had to get Kim's unique haircut. Kim's trim is a military style that includes shaved sides, a long top, and a middle section. It is hardly the latest fashion.
The mandate was reportedly disagreed, and some people referred to the hairstyle as a "Chinese smuggler haircut". It is unclear whether there has ever been a mandate where visitors have not noticed any movement in style, despite the fact that North Korean television has previously launched a campaign against long hair. More recently, authorities have reportedly acted against "non-socialist behavior" like unapproved hairstyles, and have reportedly limited men to 10 styles and women to 18. 
9 The CIA hired a North Korean lumberjack to kill Kim.
The North Korean government claimed in May 2014 that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS ) worked together to hire a North Korean lumberjack based in Russia in a biochemical plot to murder Kim. The method was reported to be a "biochemical substance" or weapon that was radioactive and nano-toxic. Apparently it took a few months for Kim to be killed.
North Korean state news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) cited no evidence, but wrote a 1800-word report claiming that a "hideous terrorist group" conspired to achieve the ultimate goal of leadership during a military parade . International outlets have never been able to review the report, but it is worth noting that it came at a time of high tensions between countries. Angry North Korean authorities said they would request extradition of people involved in the thwarted conspiracy. A person who was only identified as "Kim" and worked in the timber industry in Khabarovsk, Far East Russia, was the only publicly named suspect, albeit vaguely. 
8 The Kippumjo or & # 39; Pleasure Squad & # 39;
It is alleged that there is a group of approximately 2,000 women who are entertained to provide entertainment and pleasure to high-ranking Korean Labor Party officials and distinguished guests, who are often sexual. This group is called Kippumjo or Pleasure Squad, Pleasure Brigade or Joy Division.
It is now believed that this group was disbanded after Kim Jong-Il's death, but in 2015 it was reported that Kim Jong-Un recruited new members at the age of 13 or 14. Kim's train is believed to be occupied by Kippumjo, who are certified virgins. Apparently, many of the women in their twenties are "retired" and married to military officers.
It is worth noting that Kim is married to former singer Ri Sol-Ju and reportedly has three children, even though that is not even verified. 
7 NBA Obsession
Kim's unlikely friendship with ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman is based on his love of basketball. During his school years in Switzerland, his obsession for tires grew and he was fascinated by Michael Jordan. A former friend of his Swiss school said Kim's room was covered with NBA utensils. He showed photos of Kobe Bryant and Toni Kukoc after he was said to have gone to Paris for an exhibition game as a child.
It's not clear who Kim officially supports, but he has a penchant for the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2013 Rodman traveled to North Korea with three Harlem Globetrotters on Kim's invitation. There have also been other visits from basketball players touring the country.
In 2019, he reportedly urged US President Donald Trump to grant access to "famous basketball players" as part of nuclear weapons talks. It's in the family when Kim's father Kim Jong-Il previously asked to meet Jordan during his reign, even though the six-time NBA champion declined the opportunity.
He is clearly fascinated by the sport, and whether he was good at it is another question altogether. 
6 He blew up a South Korean warship.
Before Kim took over from his father in 2010, he was reportedly involved in the sinking of the South Korean warship ROKS Cheonan, which carried 104 personnel nearby to the maritime border two countries. Forty-six South Korean seafarers were killed in the unprovoked international incident, which was said to help support Kim's military qualifications before he succeeded.
International experts investigated the incident and found that the warship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. North Korea declined responsibility and even offered to support the investigation, but South Korea imposed sanctions to prevent economic relations. Both China and Russia rejected South Korea's demands. A Russian investigation later found that the sinking was more likely because the Corvette warship dredged a mine. To date, no one agrees why the Cheonan was sunk. 
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5 The Merciful Side?
In all of the "crazy dictator" conversation, Kim reportedly has a human side that has improved North Korea's international relations since taking office. According to reports, he showed his compassionate attitude in 2014 when a 23-story apartment building collapsed in Pyongyang and more than a hundred people died. According to KCNA, "the construction of an apartment building was not carried out properly and the officials monitored and controlled it irresponsibly."
Kim rarely publicly apologized for the "unimaginable" tragedy. Kim was reportedly so injured that he "got up all night and felt painful after hearing about the accident." Skeptics will point out that the state media took five days to tell the story. No number has ever been released for the number of deaths. 
4 The Secret Hangover Cure
Similar to his father, Kim supposedly likes to party. It is also known for its extravagant taste. His drinks of choice are Johnny Walker Whiskey and Hennessy Gin. It is known that he also drinks cognac on luxury yachts. Since he took over North Korea, imports of wine and other spirits have increased.
However, his nightly drinking hours reportedly led him to organize that sauna equipment be imported from Finland and Germany to alleviate his hangover tiredness that exudes the sins of the previous night. The jury is still undecided whether saunas are actually useful for curing hangovers.
The morning headache was clearly a problem for Kim, as North Korean scientists claimed in 2016 to have made a revolutionary hangover-free alcohol. Apparently mixes & # 39; Koryo Liquor & # 39; the six-year-old ginseng and the burnt rice and cut out sugar. 
3 He is executed members of his family
Nobody is safe in the north of Korea! Kim's uncle Jang Song-Thaek was arrested for treason in December 2013 and classified as a "traitor" in a military court. He was then executed by an execution squad. Kim is believed to have tried to delete Jang from the story by deleting thousands of news articles about him, but also executing members of his family, including children and grandchildren of close relatives.
Despite the efforts of the propagandists to whitewash Jang from history, Jang's picture appeared in a photo a few years later during a one-hour documentary on 11 historical North Korean characters in state media. The editor of the documentary may have been detained for this error. 
Kim's estranged half-brother Kim Jong-Nam was also killed in 2017. The authorities in Malaysia claim to have been murdered at a busy terminal in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 2017 when two women approached him and smeared his face with a chemical agent. Kim told a receptionist at the airport, "Someone grabbed him from behind and sprayed a liquid on his face" before he later died when he was taken to the hospital. 
2 The Luxury Private Island
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman made a strange friendship with the “Great Successor” and visited North Korea in 2013. Afterwards, Rodman talked about Kim's private island as "like Hawaii or Ibiza, but he's the only one who lives there." We've all been fascinated since then? The location of the mysterious island, which has its own marina and bays with 24-hour troops, has never been reviewed, but is believed to be near Wonson Harbor.
Rodman added that the island is like a “seven” star party with endless cocktails and jet skis, and he revealed also to get to the island, he boarded Kim's 95-foot yacht, which was a “cross between a ferry and a Disney boat.” 
1 The Flame-Thrower Execution
As in a scene from "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", Kim was said to have ordered the execution of a deputy minister of security by a flamethrower as part of a political cleansing in 2014. O Sang-Hon was a key figure in the Ministry of National Security the North Korean government, but was seen as a supporter of Kim's uncle Jang Song-Thaek, who had previously been executed for treason. O is believed to have turned the Ministry into Yang's personal protection squad.
North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan said: "Kim Jong-Un personally hated him, so he personally ordered that a flamethrower execute him." To illustrate the Hollywood stereotypes, it is believed that the man's lifeless body was also crushed under a tank. 
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