Kim Young-sook

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Kim Young-sook
Born 1947 (age 68–69)
Korean name
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 (Hangul김영숙; 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.


  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.