Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
A bit later than announced, but this is one version of biographical and career data I prepared on Kim Jong Il’s younger sister, Kim Kyong Hui. Ms. Kim is a charter member of KJI’s inner circle, and is married to the DPRK’s unofficial #2, Jang Song Taek. Her Lazarus-like appearance in KJI’s entourage in June 2009 stunned Pyongyang watchers (well, at least two of us) who had written her off as ailing or retired. It is likely that Ms. Kim is involved in managing portions of the Kim Jong Un succession campaign, something Mr. Jang and she did for KJI. If KJI is incapacitated or passes away, Kim Kyong Hui will be the first person to know.