Kim Ki-nam

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Ki-nam
Chosŏn'gŭl 김기남
Hancha 金起南
Revised Romanization Kim Gi-nam
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ki-nam

Kim Ki-nam (born August 28, 1926, 1928 or 1929, in Wonsan) is a North Korean official. He is vice-chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, in which capacity he has led numerous visits to the South. He is also a Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea,[1] and has served several terms in the Supreme People's Assembly, to which he was first elected in November 1977.[2] He is the Secretary and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department,[3] responsible for coordinating the country's press, media, fine arts, and publishing to support government policy.

Kim Ki-nam, a graduate from the Kim Il-sung University and Soviet party schools, at first worked in foreign affairs (being North Korea's ambassador to Beijing in early 1950s) before moving to the Propaganda and Agitation Department in late 1960s. In 1974, he was appointed editor of the Party's theoretical magazine, Kulloja, and in 1976 he was promoted to editor-in-chief of Rodong Sinmun. He is credited with having produced articles and essays creating the cult of Kim Jong-il and praising Kim Il-sung's historic role.[4] He was elected to the WPK Central Committee at the 6th Party Congress in October 1980, director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department in April 1989 and simultaneously secretary for party history in 1992.

Under Kim Jong-il's regime, Kim Ki-nam was the party's propaganda boss and key author of the country's political slogans. He was given a role in ensuring Kim Jong-un's succession drive[5] and appointed to the Politburo in September 2010. He was one of the only two civilian officials who accompanied Kim Jong-il's coffin during his funeral in December 2011, the other being Choe Thae-bok.

kim Ki-nam apparently retired at the beginning of 2015, after serving as propaganda chief for 24 years.[6]


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