North Korea and its totalitarian leader, Kim Jong Un, have again been thrust into the center of global media attention this week after its government threatened to fire missiles at a United States pacific territory.
U.S. President Donald Trump and the Kim regime now seem to be locked into a war of words.
After Trump vowed on Tuesday to treat North Korean threats of hostility with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," the Kim regime announced that it is planning to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean near Guam, a U.S. territory.
Such a move would mark the first time the North Korean government has landed a missile so close to an American territory.
Given the fact that all that stands in the way of North Korea conducting such a missile test is final approval from Kim, let's look at facts that most people may not know about the secretive world leader. (Click arrow above)
He is one of the youngest state leaders in the world but his real birthdate is questioned
Kim, who is believed to be 33 although his real age is unknown, is one of the youngest world leaders. He is the third son of former North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il and grandson of Kim Il Sung, who served as North Korea's dictator since its founding in 1948 until his death in 1994.
There is likely only one state leader who is younger than Kim. That person is Vanessa D'Ambrosio, the 29-year-old Captain Regent of the Italian microstate of San Marino.
According to Heavy.com, much of Kim's early life is unknown, including his actual date of birth. According to North Korea, Kim was born on January 8, 1982. However, South Korean records indicate that his birth came on January 8, 1983.
"There is a lot of debate about the year he was born," Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute, a Korean think tank, told CNN. "Some say it is 1984 while others say is '83 or '82."
He went to school in Switzerland
According to Heavy.com, Kim possibly went to an English-language school in Switzerland called the International School of Bern under the name "Pak Chol."
The Washington Post reported in 2009 that Kim was attending the Swiss boarding school, which lies only a few hundred yards from the North Korean Embassy.
"While Kim was at the English-language school, which has about 280 students from 40 countries, he befriended the children of American diplomats and learned French and German, according to the Swiss weekly L'Hebdo," The Washington Post article states.
However, some observers have noted that "Pak Chol" was likely Kim Jong Chol, Kim's older brother.
The Post also reported in 2009 that Kim attended a German-speaking state school near Bern called Liebefeld-Steinhölzli Schule under the name "Pak Un" from 1998 to 2000. He was reportedly registered with authorities in the European nation as a son of a North Korean embassy employee.
He has an estimated net worth of $5 billion
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Kim has an estimated net worth of about $5 billion.
The website cites a March 2013 joint investigation conducted by the United States and South Korea. The investigation found that Kim and his family have as much as $5 billion in various assets and bank accounts.
"These assets were found in more than 200 foreign bank accounts located throughout the world in countries including Austria, Lichtenstein, Russia, Singapore, China, Switzerland and Luxembourg," the website reads. "Many of these accounts are located in China and reportedly contain hundreds of millions of dollars in cash. North Korean government insiders have long been suspected of manufacturing illicit drugs, counterfeiting U.S. currency and cigarettes."
By comparison, the website states that Trump's net worth is $3.7 billion.
Imports of luxury goods have increased under Kim
It's no secret that the Kim family likes to live a lavish lifestyle while many North Koreans they rule over go hungry and malnourished. But according to The Telegraph, North Korea's imports of luxury goods have about doubled under Kim while nearly half the nation is undernourished.
The Telegraph cites a report submitted to the South Korean Parliament in 2013 that stated that North Korea's import of luxury goods amounted to $645.8 million in 2012. According to the outlet, the amount spent on luxury goods during his father's regime was about $300 million per year.
According to the report, imported bottled of high-end alcohol cost the regime up to $30 million in 2012, while over $8.2 million was spent on luxury watches.
A United Nations report issued earlier this year found that 41 percent of the total North Korean population is undernourished because of the lack of food and basic services.
He has a daughter that he apparently doesn't want the world to know about
Although she has never been seen in public or photographed, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, have a daughter named Kim Ju Ae.
Heavy.com reports that Kim's daughter is believed to be about 4 or 5 years old. However, neither Kim or Ri have publicly confirmed that they have had any children.
However, National Basketball Association legend and Kim's friend Dennis Rodman, who travels to North Korea every so often to hang out with Kim, confirmed the existence of Kim's daughter and even revealed her name in an interview with The Guardian in 2013.
"I held their baby Ju Ae and spoke with Ms. Ri as well," Rodman said in describing a trip to Pyongyang he had recently taken. "He's a good dad and has a beautiful family. Kim told me, 'I'll see you in December.'"