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Kim Jong Il Turns 66 ... or 67

February 16, 2008 12:05 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Saturday is the North Korean leader's birthday. Critics surmise he will be celebrating his successes dodging U.S. attempts at arms control.

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According to Kim Jong Il's official biography, he was born in 1942 on Mt. Packtul in Korea. Other reports place Kim's birth in Siberia on the same date in 1941.

Much of the history of the "Dear Leader" is shrouded in mystery and myth. His intentions for his nuclear program are similarly opaque.

The United States and North Korea came to an agreement in October of 2007 that North Korea would declare its nuclear capabilities and begin disarmament by Dec. 31st in exchange for aid.

Kim's birthday on Feb. 16 comes more than one and a half months after that deadline was missed.

This is not the first time that North Korea has failed to adhere to an agreement of this type. The 1994 "Agreed Framework" was meant to bring a halt the country's nuclear weapons production, but North Korea never held up its end of the bargain.

North Korea, considered by some to be the most censored country in the world, has been ruled by Kim Jong Il since the death of his father in 1994.

Kim Jong Il is widely known in the Western world for his eccentric lifestyle and his claims of remarkable accomplishments, such as scoring 11 holes in one on his very first game of golf.

Headline Link: 'Nkorea Rallies Workers, Makes Shoes for Kim's Birthday'

Background: North Korea's nuclear program

Nuclear program and military
1994 "Agreed Framework"
Missed deadline

Biography: Kim Jong Il

Conflicting biographies
Past birthday celebrations

Opinion & Analysis: Baby steps or biding its time?

Reference: North Korea's Iron Curtain


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