Kim Kyong-hui
North Korean politician
Kim Kyong-hui
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.
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North Korean leader's ousted uncle alive and safe: South Korean minister
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is alive and appears to be safe, South Korea's unification minister said on Wednesday, a day after the South's National Intelligence Service said he had been removed from two powerful positions. Jang Song Thaek, considered the second-most powerful man in the impoverished, reclusive North, was last seen in public in early November at a basketball match between North Korean and Japanese teams in Pyongyang. "I understand that Jang Song Thaek is not in any physical danger," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae told lawmakers gathered at an emergency sub-committee meeting in Seoul. Jang's wife, Kim Kyong Hui, also appeared to be safe, Ryoo added, but he declined to comment further.
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The Pyongyang power couple behind dynastic dictator Kim
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
SEOUL (Reuters) - Kim Kyong-hui has battled alcoholism and the killing of her lover to stand alongside her nephew, North Korea's youthful leader Kim Jong-un, as a reminder that he is the true heir of the dynasty's blood-line.
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NKorea marks founder's birthday, issues more ire
Fox News - almost 4 years
North Korea quietly marked a second day of celebrations for its first leader's birthday and issued prickly new rhetoric Tuesday threatening retaliation for what it sees as provocations by South Korea and the United States, who have been watching closely for signs the North may go ahead with a suspected medium-range missile launch. State media said the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army issued an ultimatum demanding an apology from South Korea for "hostile acts" and threatening that unspecified retaliatory actions would happen at any time. The statement followed a day of festivities in North Korea's capital that featured art performances, public dances and crowds thronging to giant bronze statues to pay homage to the late leader Kim Il Sung. The angry ultimatum, relayed through the Korean Central News Agency, was sparked by a small protest in downtown Seoul, where effigies of Kim Il Sung and his son and successor, late leader Kim Jong Il, were burn ...
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Kerry Patton: The Significance of April 15th for North Korea
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Missiles have been moved, the Kaesong Industrial Complex is on the brink of a complete shutdown, and the world is waiting to see whether Kim Jong Un's militant rhetoric is all one giant bluff. Very few can divulge with any accuracy what is really happening in North Korea simply because it's a "closed" nation rarely allowing international journalists inside. But one thing is very clear about North Korea and that is preparations to demonstrate love of their "Eternal President," the late Kim Il Sung. It would be completely wrong to say North Korea's current leader will necessarily stand down on his recent threats. The nation has been engaged in multiple confrontations with its southern neighbor over that past fifty plus years. Thankfully, none of these confrontations, which included the 2010 artillery bombing of Yeonpyeong Island, sparked a second Korean War. It is safe to say that North Korea will implement some form of military activity in the nearing days ahead. What exa ...
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North Korea official to visit China to talk economics
Fox News - over 4 years
North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un's uncle has left Pyongyang for talks in Beijing that will focus on economic cooperation with the country's most important ally. North Korean state media said Monday that Jang Song Thaek will meet Tuesday with senior Chinese officials on joint development of the countries' special economic zones. Kim Jong Un has promoted younger economists to key party positions as part of a stated push to resuscitate an economy that has lagged far behind the rest of Northeast Asia. Much of North Korea remains impoverished outside the capital Pyongyang. Jang is married to late leader Kim Jong Il's sister, Kim Kyong Hui, and is a vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission. He is seen as a leading economic policy official.
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Speculation grows over mysterious woman shown with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Fox News - over 4 years
A mysterious young woman appearing at the side of North Korea's new leader is the subject of speculation she could be Kim Jong Un's younger sister or even wife, but Pyongyang has released no details. North Korean state TV on Sunday showed an elegant, somber young woman in a black jacket and skirt bowing with Kim at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the death of his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. She is believed to be the same woman shown Saturday seated next to Kim at a concert. North Korean state broadcaster showed her walking into the concert hall behind Kim, and they clapped together at the end of Friday's performance. The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Monday ran a photo of Kim and the woman on its website without identifying her. Her appearances with Kim were front-page news in South Korean media. Little personal information is known about Kim, and even his exact age has not been announced, ...
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GEOPOLITICAL RISK GURU: We Should Be Terrified About How Little We Know About North Korea
Business Insider - almost 5 years
Amid all of the concerns regarding North Korea's rocket, Ian Bremmer has written a timely op-ed piece for the Financial Times. Bremmer, one of the world's most respected geopolitical risk experts warns that we should be much more concerned about North Korea than we are of Iran or the rest of the Middle East. Why? We don't know. We literally don't know. From his op-ed: The father knew the son would need help and he positioned his brother­-in-­law and the regime’s previous number two, Jang Sung-­taek, to act as regent. Mr Jang is believed to have strong personal ties with senior officials of the Korean People’s Army, guarantor of North Korea’s baseline security. Also among Mr Kim’s “guardians” are army chief of staff Ri Yong-­ho and Kim Jong-il’s sister Kim Kyong-hui. What is the true balance of power among these people? Outsiders have no reliable way of knowing. That’s why, for the next few weeks, we should worry more about North Korea than about Iran. Compared with North ...
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Kim Jong-il completes his trip to Russia and China - JoongAng Daily
Google News - over 5 years
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il's youngest son and heir-apparent, welcomed his father at a railway station bordering China. Kim Kyong-hui, Kim Jong-il's younger sister, was also among the reception party
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Enigmático líder de Corea del Norte llegó sorpresivamente en su tren a Rusia - El Mercurio OnLine (Chile)
Google News - over 5 years
... mencionado que Kim se encontraría enfermo y prepara desde hace tiempo su sucesión en manos de su hijo más joven, Kim Jong-Un. A principios de este mes reapareció públicamente otra figura clave del régimen, la hermana del actual líder, Kim Kyong-Hui
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Người phụ nữ quyền lực nhất Triều Tiên tái xuất - Báo Đất Việt
Google News - over 5 years
Kim Kyong-hui, người em gái đầy quyền lực của nhà lãnh đạo Triều Tiên Kim Jong-il vừa trở lại sau một thời gian chữa bệnh ở nước ngoài. Trong lần xuất hiện gần đây nhất sau khi đi chữa bệnh ở nước ngoài về, bà Kim Kyong-hui tháp tùng Chủ tịch Kim
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Setelah Berobat Adik Kim Jong-Il Kembali Beredar - Okezone
Google News - over 5 years
Kim Kyong Hui, salah satu wanita yang berpengaruh di Korut yang ditemani oleh Kim Jong Il tengah melakukan perjalanan ke Provinsi Hamkyong, Korut. Kim Kyong Hui sebelumnya menghilang dari publik selamat dua bulan karena menjalani perawatan di Rusia
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김정일과 여동생 김경희 - JoongAng Daily
Google News - over 5 years
A South Korean government source familiar with the inner workings of North Korea said yesterday that the 65-year-old Kim Kyong-hui had been seen by South Korean tourists at an airport in Moscow. “Kim has been suffering from back complications from the
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Why are NK doomsday scenarios hard to kill? - Korea Times
Google News - over 5 years
But Jang was recently admonished by his wife, Kim Kyong-hui, for calling Jong-un by his first-name, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said last week, citing a government official. Analysts believe that the episode illustrates Jong-un's firm status as crown
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Kim Jong Il Gives Field Guidance to Combined Foodstuff Factory - Weekly Blitz
Google News - over 5 years
He was accompanied by Jang Song Thaek, vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK and department director of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Kyong Hui and Thae Jong Su, department directors of the CC, the WPK, and Ju Kyu Chang, Ri Jae Il and Han Kwang Sang,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Kyong-hui
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 66
    On 8 December 2013, her husband, Jang Sung-taek was publicly expelled from the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
    More Details Hide Details Jang was accused of factionalism, corruption, and a range of misbehaviour that included affairs with other women. On 13 December, it was reported that he had been executed for treason. On 14 December, the Korean Central News Agency released a roster of six top officials appointed to a national committee in charge of organizing a state funeral for Kim Kuk-tae, a former Workers' Party official. The roster included the name of Kim Kyong-hui, indicating she had survived the purge and remained in favor. The status of Kim Kyong-hui's relationship with Jang had been a subject of frequent speculation. Analysts believe that Jang and Kim Kyong-hui had been estranged. Yoon Sang-hyun, a National Assembly of South Korea deputy floor leader of the governing Saenuri Party, said that Kim had been "separated" from Jang and did not oppose his purge.
    Her husband was Jang Sung-taek, who was executed in December 2013 in Pyongyang, after being charged with treason and corruption.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014 reports surfaced that she died several days after her husband.
  • 2012
    Age 65
    According to a report by the Daily NK in August 2012, she suffers from ill health due to alcoholism.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details According to South Korean sources, she also worked as Kim Jong-il's personal aide. Her influential position in North Korean echelons (also confirmed by Kenji Fujimoto) allowed her to maintain close relations with president Kim Yong-nam of the SPA Presidium, WPK Secretaries Choe Thae-bok and Kim Ki Nam, and Director Kim Yang-gon of the WPK United Front Department. Her post as head of the Light Industry Department gave her a prominent role in shaping North Korean economic policy as it was shifting its focus on developing light industry.
  • 2010
    Age 63
    In 2010, a hamburger restaurant owned entirely by Kim Kyong-hui opened in Pyongyang.
    More Details Hide Details It is the first hamburger franchise in Pyongyang.
    On 27 September 2010, it was announced that she was made a general in the Korean People's Army.
    More Details Hide Details This coincided with her nephew Kim Jong-un's promotion to the same rank. A day later, the 3rd Conference of the Workers’ Party elected her as a member of the Political Bureau, which is the central organization of the party. Kim Kyong-hui later continued to pose as a prominent member of the North Korean leadership under Kim Jong-un.
  • 2007
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 56
    Kim Kyong-hui disappeared from the limelight in 2003, in the same period when Jang Sung-taek was apparently purged as well.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 43
    In 1990, she was elected deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details Her role was particularly significant as she led the Economic Policy Inspection Department, then again the Light Industry Department during the "Arduous March" period after Kim Il-sung's death.
  • 1988
    Age 41
    In 1988, she was promoted to WPK Central Committee member and director of the Light Industry Department.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was the period when North Korea was establishing diplomatic relations with a number of capitalist countries, like Thailand and Singapore, as well as the United Nations. She oversaw the placement of qualified diplomatic personnel during her tenure as International Department vice-director.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 19
    She attended the Kim Il-sung Higher Party School in 1966, and went to study at Moscow State University in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Kim and Jang had a daughter, Jang Kum-song (1977–2006), who lived overseas in Paris as an international student; she refused an order to return to Pyongyang and then reportedly committed suicide in September 2006 due to her parents' opposition to her relationship with her boyfriend.
  • 1963
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Kim Kyong-hui was born in Pyongyang on 30 May 1946, the youngest child of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-suk.
    More Details Hide Details Her birth mother died when she was four. After her father remarried, she was raised by various surrogates away from the family.
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