North Korea Bans Naming Children After Leader

This photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on 26 October 2014 shows the country's leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a newly-completed kindergarten and an orphanage in Pyongyang. North Korea has banned its citizens from naming their children after Kim in an attempt to defend his authority. EPA

SEOUL (DPA) – North Korea has banned its citizens from naming their children after the leader Kim Jong Un in an attempt to defend his authority, a media report said Wednesday.

Parents are also banned from using the given name Jong Un for their offspring, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, quoting an official North Korean document.

A cult of personality has surrounded each member of the three generations of Kim dynasty that has led the country.

North Koreans were already prohibited from naming their children after the state founder and "eternal president" Kim Il Sung who died in 1994. The use of Kim Jong Il, the father of the current leader and son of the Kim Il Sung, is also forbidden.

Kim Jong Un became leader of the country in late 2011 when his father died.

 
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