Kim Jong Un loves comic books and foreign cigarettes

2013-01-09 04:03:34 GMT2013-01-09 12:03:34(Beijing Time)
Kim Jong Un smoking while overseeing the December rocket launchKim Jong Un smoking while overseeing the December rocket launch

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has largely been a mystery to the whole world. His personal life was rarely reported in the country’s official media, but S.Korean media has dished out some fun facts about him as a person.

For one thing, Kim Jong Un seems to be a devoted reader of Japanese comics, according to a former classmate of his.

“He liked comics especially Japanese manga.”

Classmates said he is also an avid skier and a computer-game player, and fanatical about basketball — particularly the fortunes of the Chicago Bulls.

Kim is also crazy about James Bond, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jackie Chan movies.

Also, pictures released by KCNA show Kim Jong Un enjoying a cigarette moments after the launch of its rocket Wednesday morning.

It’s not the first time Kim has been pictured with a cigarette by KCNA, with footage of him visiting a gymnasium earlier this year sparking controversy for showing him using gym equipment with cigarette in hand.

Kenji Fujimoto, Kim Jong Il’s former sushi chef, was reported to have said that Kim Jong Un began to smoke cigarettes and drink liquor when he was around 15.

According to reports, Fujimoto said Kim Jong Un was “one who loves to smoke,” adding that he likes to smoke Yves Saint Laurent, among others.


Editor: Mei Jingya
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