Kim Sul-song

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Kim Sul-song
Born (1974-12-30) 30 December 1974 (age 40)
North Korea
Alma mater Kim Il-sung University
Occupation a lieutenant colonel of the North Korean People's Army
Political party
Korean Workers' Party
Kim Sul-song
Chosŏn'gŭl 김설송
Revised Romanization Gim Seol-song
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sŏlsong

Kim Sul-song, or Kim Seol-song (born December 30, 1974), is the daughter of North Korea's former leader Kim Jong-Il and Kim Young-sook. She has reportedly been active within the propaganda department, been in charge of literary affairs, and in charge of the security and schedule of her father as his secretary.[1]

"Seol-song" literally means "snow pine", and the name was reportedly given by her grandfather, Kim Il-sung.[1]


Reportedly, she was a favourite of her father. She attended the same school as her father, graduated from Kim Il-sung University's Economics Department and was assigned to the propaganda department of the Workers' Party Central Committee.[1] She is also reported to have been in charge of literary affairs: according to reports, all the signatures on works of literature coming into the department were signed by her.[1]

According to a North Korean defector, who used to be a high-ranking official in Pyongyang, Seol-song was in charge of the security and schedule for Kim Jong-Il since the late 1990s. In this capacity, she accompanied her father during trips to North Korean Army units and local villages. During these trips, she has been observed wearing the uniform of a lieutenant colonel of the North Korean People's Army.[1]

Seol-song was described by a North Korean defector as "intelligent" and "beautiful"; Seol-song had hair down to her waist and is 1.65 metres (5 ft 5 in) tall (considered tall for a North Korean woman).[1]

According to a Korean intelligence official, Seol-song was a student in Paris, France, in the autumn of 2005.[1]

Select[α] family tree of North Korea's ruling[β] Kim family[γ][δ]
Kim Bo-hyon
Kim Hyong-jik
Kang Pan-sok
Kim Jong-suk
Kim Il-sung
Kim Sung-ae
Kim Yong-ju
Kim Young-sook
Song Hye-rim
Kim Jong-il
Ko Yong-hui
Kim Ok
Kim Kyong-hui
Jang Sung-taek
Kim Pyong-il
Kim Sul-song
Kim Jong-nam
Kim Jong-chul
Kim Jong-un
Ri Sol-ju
c. 1986
Kim Yo-jong
Kim Han-sol
Kim Ju-ae
c. 2012[ε]
  1. ^ To keep the tree of manageable size, it omits some members, e. g., brothers and sisters of Kim Jong-il.
  2. ^ Names of Supreme Leaders of the DPRK (and the name of the article being viewed if any) are in bold font.
  3. ^ Korean names often have a variety of transliterations into English, which can be confusing. For example, "Kim Jong-chul" may also be written "Gim Jeong-cheol" or "Kim Jŏng-ch'ŏl" among many other variations. See Korean romanization for more information.
  4. ^ Huss, Kan; Frost, Clay. "North Korea’s First Family: Mapping the personal and political drama of the Kim clan". Retrieved 20 January 2013.  (Confirms many, but not all, of the birth and death years. See individual articles for more references.)
  5. ^ a b c d Official biographies of Kim Jong-suk and Kim Jong-il give birth years of 1917 and 1942, respectively, while Kim Jong-un's birth year may actually be 1984. Kim Ju-ae may have been born in late 2012 or early 2013.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Kim Jong-Il's Daughter Serves as His Secretary", The Seoul Times.