Kim Sol-song

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Kim Sol-song
Born (1974-12-30) 30 December 1974 (age 44)
North Korea
Alma mater Kim Il-sung University
Occupation a lieutenant colonel of the North Korean People's Army
Political party Korean Workers' Party
Parent(s) Kim Jong-il
Kim Young-sook
Kim Sol-song
Revised Romanization Gim Seol-song
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sŏlsong

Kim Sol-song (Korean: 김설송, 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 Korean woman).[1]

According to a Korean intelligence official, Seol-song was a student in Paris, in the autumn of 2005.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Kim Jong-Il's Daughter Serves as His Secretary". The Seoul Times. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ "North Korea's secretive 'first family'". BBC News. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
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