North Korea bans other people from being named Kim Jong Un

The rollout of Kim Jong-un as North Korea’s new leader continues, with South Korean sources reporting that an official portrait of the heir apparent has been prepared for distribution. Then there’s this: Last month, the Radio Free Asia also reported the regime began to restrict the use of the name “Jong-un,” instructing people with the ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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(FILES) South Korean protesters (unseen) hold a picture of a boy, believed to be Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader's third son Jong-Un, during a rally denouncing North Korea's missile threat, in Seoul on February 19, 2009. North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong-Il, believed to be gearing up for another barrage of missile tests, has named his youngest son as the eventual heir to the family dynasty, reports said on June 02,2009. AFP PHOTO/JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The rollout of Kim Jong-un as North Korea's new leader continues, with South Korean sources reporting that an official portrait of the heir apparent has been prepared for distribution. Then there's this:

Last month, the Radio Free Asia also reported the regime began to restrict the use of the name "Jong-un," instructing people with the same name to change it.

Jong-un has also reportedly been more actively involved in military matters lately.

The rollout of Kim Jong-un as North Korea’s new leader continues, with South Korean sources reporting that an official portrait of the heir apparent has been prepared for distribution. Then there’s this:

Last month, the Radio Free Asia also reported the regime began to restrict the use of the name “Jong-un,” instructing people with the same name to change it.

Jong-un has also reportedly been more actively involved in military matters lately.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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