Kim Kyong-hui

North Korean Politician
Born May 30, 1946

General Kim Kyong-hui is the daughter of the former leader of North Korea, Kim Il-sung and his first wife Kim Jong-suk, and the sister of the late leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il. An important member of Kim Jong-il's inner circle of trusted friends and advisors, she has been director of the Light Industry Department of the Workers' Party of Korea since 1988. Her husband is Jang Sung-taek.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Kyong-hui.


1946 Birth Kim Kyong-hui was born in Pyongyang on 30 May 1946, the youngest child of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-suk. … Read More


1963 17 Years Old After a brief period spent in Jilin Province, China due to the Korean War, she returned to Pyongyang with her brother, Kim Jong-il. She entered Kim Il-sung University in 1963, studying political economy, where she met her future husband. The couple continued dating after he relocated to Wonsan, allegedly because the Kim family opposed their relationship. The two eventually married in 1972.


1966 20 Years Old She attended the Kim Il-sung Higher Party School in 1966, and went to study at Moscow State University in 1968. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old Kim Kyong-hui's political career began in 1971 with a position in the Korean Democratic Women's Union, and in 1975 she was transferred to the post of vice-director of the International Liaison Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, promoted to first vice-director in 1976. … Read More


1988 42 Years Old In 1988, she was promoted to WPK Central Committee member and director of the Light Industry Department.
1990 44 Years Old In 1990, she was elected deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly for the first time. … Read More


2003 57 Years Old Kim Kyong-hui disappeared from the limelight in 2003, in the same period when Jang Sung-taek was apparently purged as well.


2007 61 Years Old However, while her husband resurfaced with a high-level position in 2007, she did not appear in public until 2009, playing a more and more prominent role, accompanying Kim Jong-il to several inspection tours and attending official events.
2010 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On 27 September 2010, it was announced that she was made a general in the Korean People's Army. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old 1 More Event
She was elected member of the WPK Secretariat and a leading figure of the WPK Organization and Guidance Department (the foremost party department led by her uncle Kim Yong-ju until 1974, and by Kim Jong-il himself from 1974 till his death) at the 4th Party Conference in April 2012. … Read More
2013 67 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Her husband was Jang Sung-taek, who was executed in December 2013 in Pyongyang, after being charged with treason and corruption. … Read More
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