Kim Young-sook

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Kim Young-sook
Chosŏn'gŭl 김영숙
Hancha 金英淑
Revised Romanization Gim Yeongsuk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏngsuk
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Young-sook (Hangul: 김영숙; hanja: 金英淑, born 1947) was the first wife of Kim Jong-il.[1] She was the daughter of a high-ranking military official.[2] Kim-Jong-il's father, Kim Il-Sung, handpicked her to marry his son.[2] The two had been estranged for some years before his death. Kim Young-sook had a daughter from this marriage, Kim Sul-song (born 1974). She was First Lady of North Korea from 1994 to late 2011.


Select[α] family tree of North Korea's ruling[β] Kim family[γ][δ]
Kim Bo-hyon
1859–1955
Kim Hyong-jik
1884–1926
Kang Pan-sok
1892–1932
Kim Jong-suk
1919[ε]–1949
Kim Il-sung
1912–1994
Kim Sung-ae
1928–?
Kim Yong-ju
1920–
Kim Young-sook
1947–
Song Hye-rim
1937–2002
Kim Jong-il
1941[ε]–2011
Ko Yong-hui
1953–2004
Kim Ok
1964–
Kim Kyong-hui
1946–
Jang Sung-taek
1946–2013
Kim Pyong-il
1954–
Kim Sul-song
1974–
Kim Jong-nam
1971–
Kim Jong-chul
1981–
Kim Jong-un
1983[ε]
Ri Sol-ju
c. 1986
Kim Yo-jong
1987–
Kim Han-sol
1995–
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 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". msnbc.com. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kennedy, Helen (19 January 2003). "A REAL-LIFE DR. EVIL N. Korea's Kim a caricature of tyranny". New York Daily News. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Glionna, John M. (24 December 2011). "Many women were linked to Kim Jong Il, but few had any influence". Los Angeles Times (Seoul). Retrieved 29 March 2013.