Kim Young-sook

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Kim Young-sook
Born1947 (age 71–72)
Spouse(s)Kim Jong-il (1974–2011)
ChildrenKim Sul-song
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yeongsuk
McCune–ReischauerKim Yŏngsuk

Kim Young-sook (Hangul김영숙; Hanja金英淑, born 1947) was the third wife of Kim Jong-il.[1] She was the daughter of a high-ranking military official, and was a switchboard operator in North Hamgyong Province before moving to Pyongyang.[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.

Song Hye-rang, the sister of Kim Jong-il's second wife Song Hye-rim, mentioned that she is "insignificant to Kim Jong-il, apart from being a legitimate wife in front of Kim Il-sung. She didn't even have an identity card in North Korea" as noted in her memoir Rattan house.[3]


  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.
  3. ^ "金正日的男女关系 导致许多无辜的牺牲 (Paragraph 6)". 2007-08-18.