He who must not be named - Kim Jong-Un


Pyeongchang, South Korea - When North Korea's chef de mission at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South visited an athletes' village fitness centre he made a point of cheerily greeting each volunteer by name, reading them off their badges.

But Won Gil-U came to a screeching halt when he met a young woman called Ko Jong-Un, a report said. Her forename matches that of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and Won -- who is also Pyongyang's vice sports minister -- was stunned into silence.

After some moments he found his voice. "When he turned to me, he stared at my name tag and froze for a few seconds without a word," Ko was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.

"Then, he said: 'I wouldn't dare to pronounce your name'. We all broke into hearty laughter."

The ruling Kim dynasty are revered within North Korea, where Kim Jong-Un is normally referred to as "Supreme Leader" or "Respected Marshal".

North Korean children are taught from an early age about the exploits of his father Kim Jong-Il and grandfather Kim Il-Sung, the North's founder, and the two predecessors' portraits are on display in every home and on propaganda billboards throughout the country. 

Like some other Korean forenames, Jong-Un can be used for both men and women -- although it is predominantly female.

Another North Korean official asked Ko about her job. She told him she is a student majoring in American culture at Sogang University in Seoul. 

"Then he responded: 'All Yankees must be punched'," she said. "This sparked more laughter."

Kim Jong-un makes rare appearance with wife in outing to cosmetics factory

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been spotted in public for the first time in months - this time with his wife, Ri Sol-ju.
  • The pair had made a trip to a cosmetics factory in North Korea, according to the BBC.
  • He was photographed browsing the skincare products in the factory with a big smile on his face.
  • These pictures were released through the reclusive state's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Oct 29.
  • He was said to be inspecting the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory. The communist leader reportedly encouraged North Korean women "to be more beautiful".

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