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Jang Seong-u

James E. Hoare

Armed Forces' vice marshal and elder brother of Jang Seong-taek, the brother-in-law of the DPRK former leader Kim Jong Il.


JANG SEONG-U (1935-2009). Armed Forces’ vice marshal and elder brother of Jang Seong -taek, the brother-in-law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Il. Educated at the Kim Il Sung Military University, he first appeared as a vice departmental director in the Organization and Guidance Department of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee in 1971, but otherwise held mainly military positions. He was also a delegate to the seventh and subsequent Supreme People’s Assemblies and was a member of Kim Il Sung’s funeral committee in 1994. Republic of Korea sources have linked him with the 1983 Rangoon bombing incident, but there is no conclusive evidence.

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