Kim Jong-un’s name not allowed for North Korean babies
The order came in an internal documented titled ‘a task to achieve,’ according to reports
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered a ban on the use of his moniker, asking parents who have named any child after himself to change it, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday.
An internal documented titled "a task to achieve" - obtained by South Korea’s KBS TV station – says: “All party organs and public security authorities should make a list of residents named Kim Jong-Un... and train them to voluntarily change their names.”
Any male adults who already share their names with Kim Jong-un must immediately change them their birth certificates, identity cards and even school diplomas, according to reports.
“Authorities should make sure that there is no one making unnecessary complaints or spreading gossip... regarding this project,” it added.
Yonhap News said the measure is designed to “protect the supreme authority” of the leader.
Former leader Kim Jong-il took a similar step in January 2011 when he issued a decree urging people with the same name to change it "voluntarily."
The South Korean agency said that the two previous presidents of the secret state, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, had already banned the sharing of their names, the daily reported.
For decades, people have not been allowed to also use the name "Kim Il-sung," the founding leader of the country and the grandfather of the current leader.
The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for more than six decades with an iron fist and pervasive personality cult surround the Kims.