19 PEOPLE TO WATCH IN 2019 - Singapore/Foreign

Face to watch in 2019: Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader

Mr Kim Jong Un's commitment to reform remains unclear and 2019 should provide some indication.
Mr Kim Jong Un's commitment to reform remains unclear and 2019 should provide some indication.

What a difference a year makes.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, 35, started the year engaged in a war of words with the United States and facing a raft of sanctions - as Washington launched into what it called a "maximum pressure" campaign against Pyongyang.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader'. Print Edition | Subscribe