February 11, 2011 07:56
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has a seven-year-old son with his live-in paramour, the Liberty Forward Party lawmaker Park Sun-young of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee claimed Thursday.
"I heard from a senior Chinese official that Kim Jong-il has a seven-year-old son with Kim Ok (47), and that they got officially married about two years ago," the hard-right lawmaker claimed. Park visited Beijing and other Chinese cities in mid-January.
Kim Jong-il (69) is believed to have three sons and three daughters -- his eldest son Jong-nam with Song Hye-rim, who died in 2002; two sons, Jong-chol and Jong-un, and a daughter, Yo-jong, with Ko Yong-hui, who died in 2004; a daughter Hye-kyong with Hong Il-chon, who was born in 1942; and another daughter, Sol-song, with Kim Yong-sook, who was born in 1947.
Kim Jong-il began living together with Kim Ok in 2004 after Ko Yong-hui died. Kim Ok was said to have acted as the regent when Kim collapsed with a stroke in August 2008. There is speculation that they got officially married either in late 2008 or in early 2009, after he recovered his health.
Since then Kim Ok has played a role as the North's first lady. In August 2009, she attended luncheon between Kim Jong-il and Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun in Pyongyang. She also popped up in September 2010, when Kim Jong-il and his son and heir Jong-un posed for a group photo with the new North Korean leadership after an extra party congress.
But a South Korean intelligence officer said the rumor is "difficult" to verify. Park said she was also told that Kim Ok, who is regarded as dovish, will highly likely be purged if Kim Jong-un takes power.
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