Kim Sul-song

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Kim Sul-song
Born (1974-12-30) 30 December 1974 (age 43)
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 30 December 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][2]

"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, in the autumn of 2005.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Kim Jong-Il's Daughter Serves as His Secretary", The Seoul Times.
  2. ^ "North Korea's secretive 'first family'". BBC News. 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2017-08-29.