North Korea: 10 key moments, from Kim Il-Sung to Kim Jong-un


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) looks at President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong-nam (R) during a military parade. There are unconfirmed rumors about Kim Jong Un's plans for his government.


Ed Jones

1945: After World War Two, Japan's occupation ends, the Soviet Union sends troops to the north, and the US sends troops to the south. Korea divided by the 38th parallel.

1946: Kim Il-sung, "The Great Leader," installed by the Soviet Union as North Korea's leader. 

1948: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announces sovereignty. Soviet troops withdraw.

1950: South Korea announces independence. North Korea invades South Korea.

1953: After armistice negotiations and 2 million dead, the Korean War ostensibly ends. A peace treaty was never signed, so technically, the war never ended.

1994: Death of Kim Il-sung. Kim Jong-il, or "Dear Leader," succeeds as North Korea's dictator. 

2009: North Korea test a nuclear bomb underground, its second. 

 2011: Kim Jong-il dies. Kim Jong-Un becomes the "Great Successor," and North Korea's leader.

Here's a video of North Korea's reaction to the death of Kim Jong-il:


July 25, 2012: North Korean state TV announces Kim Jong Un is married. 

No one knows for sure who Ri Sol Ju is, but it's possible Kim Jong-un married the mystery woman who appears in this video: