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North Korea's Jong-Un Decrees No One Else Can Have His Name

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 Dec 2014 01:02 PM

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is the only one in the country allowed to use the common male name "Jong-Un," South Korea’s KBS TV station reported Tuesday.

According to The Guardian (UK), the TV station claimed to have obtained an "administrative order" issued by Kim Jong-Un's father and predecessor, Kim Jong-Il, on January 5, 2011.

"All party organs and public security authorities should make a list of residents named Kim Jong-Un . . . and train them to voluntarily change their names," said part of the document shared by the South Korean news outlet. "Authorities should make sure that there is no one making unnecessary complaints or spreading gossip . . . regarding this project."

The authenticity of the document has not been verified by any Western news outlets, but is said to have been obtained by Park Jin-Hee, a North Korean defector and KBS TV employee.

"There is no one in the North named Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, and there is no doubt the same rule applies for Jong-Un," she said.

The New York Times reported that the hermit kingdom has ruled the country with an iron fist for three generations, beginning with Kim Jong-Un's grandfather, Kim Il-Sung.

The administrative order, if authentic, would have been issued shortly after Kim Jong-Un was publicly announced as his father's successor. It reportedly instructs officials to facilitate the revision of names on documents like social security cards and school diplomas. It also says that all birth certificates for newborns named Kim Jong-Un should be rejected.

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is the only one in the country allowed to use the common male name "Jong-Un," South Korea’s KBS TV station reported Tuesday.
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