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Kim Gyeong-hui

James E. Hoare

Kim Gyeong-hui was born in Pyongyang on 30 June 1946, the only daughter of Kim Il Sung and his first wife, Kim Jeong-suk.

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KIM GYEONG-HUI (1946-). Kim Gyeong-hui was born in Pyongyang on 30 June 1946, as the only daughter of Kim Il Sung and his first wife, Kim Jeong-suk. She was therefore sister to the former Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December 2011. She was close to her brother, dating from their time together in China during the Korean War. She is married to Jang Seong-taek, although there are reports that they are separated. Jang was also reputed to be close to Kim Jong Il. She has held posts in the Korean Workers’ Party (KWP) for several years. In 2010, she was appointed to the KWP Politburo, a move apparently designed to provide support for her nephew Kim Jong Un as Kim Jong Il’s probable successor. She was also made a four-star general, although she does not appear to have held any previous involvement with the armed forces. She was listed as 14th on her brother’s funeral committee in December 2011; Jang was 19th.

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