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Kim Jong-Un 'Bans People From Having The Same Name As Him' In North Korea

03/12/2014 16:38 GMT | Updated 03/12/2014 16:59 GMT
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FILE - In this April 9, 2014, file photo made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds up a parliament membership certificate during the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea, when it was held for the first time under the new leader. For the first time in three years, Kim didn't appear at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, further increasing speculation that something is amiss with the authoritarian leader who hasn't been seen publicly in more than a month. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has banned his nation's citizens from having the same name as him, reports say.

According to the Daily Mail, the order was put into force in 2011, but documentary evidence has only recently been smuggled out of the secretive state.

In addition to ensuring no newborns were given the Dear Leader's name, the law also said: "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."

Due to the highly secretive dictatorial nature of the country, reports such as this are hard to verify.

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South Korean officials report that Kim's predecessors, Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung, also enforced similar laws.

The document containing the information was obtained by Korean defector Park Jin-Hee, who said: "There is no one in the North named Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, and there is no doubt the same rule applies for Jong-Un."

The North Korean embassy to the United Kingdom has refused to comment on the issue.