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article imageOnly one Kim Jong-un in North Korea, rest made to change name

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 3, 2014 in World
South Korea’s KBS TV station has obtained a North Korean state document that was a directive for officials to go forth and force everyone named Kim Jong-un to change their name to something else. It was in anticipation of Kim Jong-un becoming leader.
Only one Kim Jong-un
The internal North Korean state document came out about a year before his father died. It was classified as an "administrative order" and was issued because Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il, was ill and getting close to his death. Kim Jong-il died on December 17, 2011 and his son took over the country.
The directive was carried out by officials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, by army officials and police officials . “All party organs and public security authorities should make a list of residents named Kim Jong-un," the directive reads. "And train them to voluntarily change their names."
It did not detail exactly what the training would consist of. More than likely it was simply an order to change their name or face consequences.
Sections of the document were aired for the KBS TV Tuesday, not the first time that internal documents of the North Korean government have been aired on South Korean TV. The man who obtained this document, Park Jin-hee, defected in 2008. He now works for KBS TV.
Names of western leaders
The Kim dynasty has always ensured that no one else in the country had the name of the leader. This was done with founding president Kim Il-sung and his son, Kim Jong-il. Park Jin-hee said no one in all of North Korea is named Kim Il-sung or Kim Jong-il and there now is just the one Kim Jong-un.
In Canada many are named Stephen Harper and in the United Kingdom equally as many, or more, are named David Cameron. Much the same in Australia, where the leader is Tony Abbott.
The U.S. avoided needing to ban anyone having the same name as their leader by electing Barack Obama. It likely would have had the same result had they elected Mitt Romney or another Republican, Newt Gingrich, instead.
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