Kim Jong-Il was born in Khabarovsk on Feb. 16, 1941, where his father Kim Il-Sung was a captain of a battalion made up of Korean and Chinese exiles, part of the 88th Brigade of the Soviet Army. However, in the North Korean version of his birth, Kim Jong-Il was born in a secret anti-Japanese guerilla camp of the People’s Revolutionary Army on Paekdusan (Mt. Paekdu, sacred in Korean mythology) on Feb. 16, 1942, the year of his father’s 30th birthday. A double rainbow appeared that day over the mountain, according to the legend, along with other astounding meteorological and natural occurrences.
“I am the object of criticism around the world. But I think that since I am being discussed, then I am on the right track.”