North Korea Decrees No One Else Can Be Named Kim Jong-un

If people are named Jong-un they must get a new name.

Jong-un is a common Korean name for both men and women.

The document instructed officials of the Workers’ party and public security agencies to make sure that people already named Jong-un voluntarily adopt new names, according to South Korea’s national broadcaster KBS.

“In the case of reporting new births with the same name as our comrade general, the People’s Security Agencies shall not allow the registration, and have them create a different name through refinement education,” the administrative order document read.

Starting in the 1970s, the decree was broadened to people with same names as the ruler’s parents including Kim Jong-il’s mother Kim Jong-sook and Kim Il-sung’s mother Kang Ban-suk.

ABC’s Minjun Kim contributed to this report