The Info List - Kim Jong-chul

Kim Jong-chul (born 25 September 1981), sometimes spelled Kim Jong Chol,[1] is a son of North Korean Kim Jong-il. His younger brother is Kim Jong-un, now the leader of North Korea. His older half-brother was Kim Jong-nam. In 2007, Jong-chul was appointed deputy chief of a leadership division of the Workers' Party of Korea. However, on 15 January 2009, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency
Yonhap News Agency
reported that Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
appointed his youngest son, Jong-un, to be his successor, passing over Jong-nam and Jong-chul. These reports were supported in April 2009 when Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
assumed a low-level position within the ruling Workers' Party, since Kim Jong-il was groomed by his own father, Kim Il-sung, in a similar way before becoming North Korean leader in 1994.[2]


1 Early life 2 Heir apparent 3 2011–present 4 References 5 Further reading

Early life[edit] Kim Jong-chul was born in 1981. He is the son of Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
and companion Ko Yong-hui, who died in 2004. Until 2001, it was assumed that Kim Jong-il's eventual heir would be his eldest son, Kim Jong-nam, whose mother was Song Hye-rim. But in May 2001, Kim Jong-nam was arrested at Narita International Airport, Japan, travelling on a forged Dominican Republic passport.[3] He was held and then deported to the People's Republic of China. The incident caused Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
to cancel a planned visit to China because of the embarrassment to both countries. As a result of this incident, Kim Jong-nam
Kim Jong-nam
fell from favour. Heir apparent[edit] In February 2003, moves began to raise the profile of Kim Jong-chul. The Korean People's Army
Korean People's Army
began a propaganda campaign using the slogan "The Respected Mother is the Most Faithful and Loyal Subject to the Dear Leader Comrade Supreme Commander". Since the "Respected Mother" was described as "‍[devoting] herself to the personal safety of the comrade supreme commander", and "‍[assisting] the comrade supreme commander nearest to his body", Western analysts assume that the "Respected Mother" was Ko Yong-hui, mother of Kim Jong-chul and Kim Jong-un.[4] A similar campaign was launched in praise of Kim Jong-il's mother during the later years of Kim Il-sung's life.[4] This suggested that Kim Jong-chul, despite his youth, had emerged with Army backing to be a serious contender to succeed his father. However, Kenji Fujimoto, Kim Jong-il's personal sushi chef, wrote in his memoir, I Was Kim Jong-il's Cook, that Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
thought Jong-chul was "no good because he is like a little girl". Fujimoto believed Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
favoured his youngest son, Kim Jong-un.[5] On 1 June 2009, it was reported that Kim Jong-chul had been passed over as his younger brother, Kim Jong-un, was to succeed his father as the head of the Korean Workers' Party
Korean Workers' Party
and de facto head of state of North Korea.[6] 2011–present[edit] Kim Jong-chul was reportedly spotted in Singapore
on 14 February 2011, where he was attending an Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
concert.[7] In late 2011, his father died and his younger brother, Kim Jong-un, succeeded his father as the head of state. He was again apparently spotted attending two additional Clapton concerts on successive days at the Royal Albert Hall in London, in May 2015.[8] According to Lee Yun-keol (as reported by Wen Wei Po), chairman of the North Korea
North Korea
Strategy Information Service Center, Kim Jong-chul personally led the arrest of his uncle Jang Song-thaek.[9] Some analysts believe that this signals an expanded role for Kim Jong-chul in the North Korean regime.[10] Kim Jong-chul does not involve himself in politics, leading a quiet life in Pyongyang
where he plays guitar in a band, according to Thae Yong-ho, North Korea's former deputy ambassador in London who defected to the South. [11]

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Select[α] family tree of North Korea's ruling[β] Kim family[γ][δ][ε]

Kim Bo-hyon 1871–1955

Kim Hyong-jik 1894–1926

Kang Pan-sok 1892–1932

Kim Jong-suk 1919[ζ]–1949

Kim Il-sung 1912–1994

Kim Song-ae 1924–2014

Kim Yong-ju 1920–

Kim Young-sook 1947–

Song Hye-rim 1937–2002

Kim Jong-il 1941[ζ]–2011

Ko Yong-hui 1952–2004

Kim Ok 1964–

Kim Kyong-hui 1946–

Jang Song-thaek 1946–2013

Kim Pyong-il 1954–

Kim Sol-song 1974–

Kim Jong-nam 1971–2017

Kim Jong-chul 1981–

Kim Jong-un 1984–

Ri Sol-ju c. 1986–

Kim Yo-jong 1987–

Kim Han-sol 1995–

Kim Ju-ae c. 2012[ζ]–


^ To keep the tree of manageable size, it omits some members, e. g., brothers and sisters of Kim Jong-il. ^ Names of Supreme Leaders of the DPRK (and the name of the article being viewed, if any) are in bold font. ^ Korean names often have a variety of transliterations into English, which can be confusing. For example, "Kim Jong-chul" may also be written "Gim Jeong-cheol" or "Kim Jŏng-ch'ŏl" among many other variations. See Korean romanization
Korean romanization
for more information. ^ Huss, Kan; Frost, Clay. "North Korea's First Family: Mapping the personal and political drama of the Kim clan". msnbc.com. Retrieved 20 January 2013.  (Confirms many, but not all, of the birth and death years. See individual articles for more references.) ^ Yan, Holly (16 February 2017). "The world's most mysterious family tree: Kim Jong Un's secretive dynasty is full of drama, death". Design by Alberto Mier. CNN. Retrieved 16 February 2017.  ^ a b c Official biographies of Kim Jong-suk
Kim Jong-suk
and Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
give birth years of 1917 and 1942, respectively. Kim Ju-ae may have been born in late 2012 or early 2013.


North Korea
North Korea

^ http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/north-koreas-princess-now-one-of-the-secretive-states-top-policy-makers/ar-AAt48aa?ocid=NL_ENUS_A1_OM2-PID87861 ^ Choe Sang-hun (28 April 2009). "Kim's Son Joins North Korean Defense Panel". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 April 2009.  ^ "North Korea's secretive 'first family'". BBC. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  ^ a b "Kim Jong Chol - Leadership Succession - Democratic People's Republic of Korea." Global Security. Retrieved 20 January 2009. ^ "Kim Jong-chul", BBC, 30 September 2010 ^ "N Korea 'names Kim's successor'". BBC. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2009.  ^ "Kim Jong-ils 2nd son sighted in Singapore". Korea Times. 15 February 2011. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.  ^ "Kim Jong-un's brother visits London to watch Eric Clapton". BBC News. Retrieved 30 April 2016.  ^ Want China News, "Kim Jong-un's brother led arrest of Jang Sung-taek: source" Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine., 12 December 2013. ^ Zachary Keck and Ankit Panda, " North Korea
North Korea
Executes Leader's Uncle", The Diplomat, 13 December 2013. ^ "North Korea's 'princess' now one of the secretive state's top policy makers". Reuters. 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

Bradley Martin, Under The Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, St. Martins (October, 2004), hardcover, 868 pages, ISBN 0-312-32221-6 Kenji Fujimoto. I Was Kim Jong Il's Cook.

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Kim dynasty of North Korea

Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
(1912–1994) Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il
(1941–2011) Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un

1st generation

Kim Hyong-jik
Kim Hyong-jik
(Kim Il-sung's father) Kang Pan-sok
Kang Pan-sok
(Kim Il-sung's mother)

2nd generation

Kim Jong-suk
Kim Jong-suk
(Kim Il-sung's first wife, Jong-il's mother) Kim Yong-ju (Kim Il-sung's brother) Kim Song-ae (Kim Il-sung's second wife)

3rd generation

Hong Il-chon (Kim Jong-il's first wife, divorced) Song Hye-rim (Kim Jong-il's first mistress) Kim Man-il (Kim Jong-il's brother) Jang Song-thaek
Jang Song-thaek
(Kim Jong-il's brother-in-law) Kim Kyong-hui
Kim Kyong-hui
(Kim Jong-il's sister) Kim Young-sook (Kim Jong-il's wife) Ko Yong-hui
Ko Yong-hui
(Kim Jong-il's second mistress, Jong-un's mother) Kim Pyong-il
Kim Pyong-il
(Kim Jong-il's half-brother) Kim Ok
Kim Ok
(Kim Jong-il's third mistress)

4th generation

Kim Yo-jong
Kim Yo-jong
(Kim Jong-un's sister) Kim Jong-chul (Kim Jong-un's brother) Kim Sul-song (Kim Jong-un's half-sister) Kim Jong-nam
Kim Jong-nam
(Kim Jong-un's half-brother) Ri Sol-ju (Kim Jong-un's wife)

5th generation

Kim Ju-ae (Kim Jong-un's daughter) Kim Han-sol (Kim Jon