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KJU’s Mother Surfaces in Party Documentary

A woman identified as Ri U’n-sil (L), but believed to be Ko Yong Hui, Kim Jong Un’s mother, poses for a commemorative photograph with Kim Jong Il (Photo: Mainichi Shimbun-Yonhap)

Mainichi Shimbun obtained a copy of an 80-minute documentary film entitled The Great Mother which depicts a woman named Ri U’n-sil caring for a young Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) and accompanying Kim Jong Il.  The woman identified as Ri U’n-sil appears to be Ko Yong Hui.  Ko was KJI’s fourth consort and mother of Kim Jong Un, his older brother Kim Jong Chol (Kim Cho’ng-ch’o’l) and his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng).  According to the Japanese daily, the film was screened for senior Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] and Korean People’s Army cadres during late May.  Since the early 2000s, there have been sporadic indoctrination and cultural campaigns in support of a “respected mother,” most recently seen in a poem “Mother of Korea” published in Rodong Sinmun during KJI birthday commemorations in February 2012.  Some of these internal publicity efforts have been tied to Gen. Pak Jae Gyong, a close military aide of KJI’s and deputy (vice) director of the KPA General Political Department (bureau), who appears standing behind Ko in the film.

A woman believed to be Ko Yong Hui is seen applauding in a still from a DPRK documentary film The Great Mother. Standing behind Ko appears to be Jang Song Taek (L), Gen. Pak Jae Gyong (2nd R) and an individual who resembles Gen. Kim Yong Chol (R) (Photo: Mainichi Shimbun-Yonhap)

Images shows Kim Jong Un’s mother holding a gun (Photo: YTV, Mainichi Shimbun-Yonhap)

2 comments on “KJU’s Mother Surfaces in Party Documentary

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