Kim Ok

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Kim Ok
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Born (1964-08-28) 28 August 1964 (age 54)
Partner(s)Kim Jong-il (2004–2011)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ok
McCune–ReischauerKim Ok

Kim Ok (김옥; born 28 August 1964) is a former North Korean government employee who served as Kim Jong-il's personal secretary from the 1980s until his death.[1] After the death of Ko Yong-hui, she regularly met with foreign officials as de facto first lady, and was rumored to be his fourth wife.[2]


Kim Ok was born in 1964.[3] Her father is Kim Hyo, who was a senior official of the Workers Party.[4] She attended Pyongyang University.[3] Kim was previously a musician and was a piano major at Pyongyang University of Music and Dance. In 1987 she joined Kim Jong-il's management.[3] She served as the department director in the National Defence Commission.[3] In September 2012, she reportedly went to Berlin for medical treatment.[5]

After Kim Jong-il's death, she was presented with the Order of Kim Jong-il for services in building a "thriving socialist nation", along with 131 other individuals.[6] However, in July 2013 she lost all official titles.[4]

In early July 2016 she was purged and sent to a labour camp.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Chung, Min-uck (19 December 2011). "What is future for Kim Ok?". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Kim's long-time secretary is New Korean 'first lady'", Front Page, South China Morning Post, 24 July 2006
  3. ^ a b c d "Kim Ok". North Korea Leadership Watch. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Andrei Lankov (4 July 2013). "Did Kim Jong Un purge his father's widow, Kim Ok?". NK News. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Kim Jong-il's Widow Had Treatment in Berlin". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 September 2012.
  6. ^ "North Korea awards 132 medals to commemorate Kim Jong-il's birthday". The Daily Telegraph. 14 February 2012.
  7. ^ ""김정일 넷째 부인 김옥 숙청…수용소로 보내져"". Yonhap News (in Korean). 26 July 2016.
  8. ^ Kim Myong-song (27 July 2016). "Kim Jong-il's Widow Sent to Prison Camp". Chosun. Retrieved 14 February 2017.