North Korea and Kim Jong Un: Meet the known key players in the regime

North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into Japanese waters, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday. It was the first since Sept. 15 and one of many in 2017 alone.

As the country’s missile and nuclear capabilities appear to advance, here’s what you need to know about the known key players in the regime. 

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un is the current supreme leader of North Korea, rising to power after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011. His mother, Ko Young-hee, was an opera singer who died in 2004.

Overall, little is known about the 33-year-old’s early life. But he studied in Switzerland before returning to North Korea to attend the Kim il-Sung Military University in the mid-2000s, Michael Madden, the director of North Korea Leadership Watch and a visiting scholar at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS, told Fox News. The university, which is located in Pyongyang, the country’s capital, is named after Kim Jong Un’s grandfather.

“We don’t know a tremendous amount about him [Kim Jong Un],” said Madden. “But we have a enough for a good picture.”

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