Kim Jong-un's Aunt Reappears in Propaganda

  • By Kim Myong-song

    April 19, 2016 09:31

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt has reappeared in the country's state media after a long absence from the screens since her husband Jang Song-taek was executed in an internal power struggle.

    On Jan. 14, [North] Korean Central TV aired a program honoring the nation founder that included footage of Kim Kyong-hui marching in a parade when she was a student at Kim Il-sung University in May 1967. A close-up shot showed her saluting.

    On Jan. 17, a program marking the 70th anniversary of the Socialist Youth League made it clear that a woman named Kim Kyong-hui who currently holds a senior position in the regime is not Kim Jong-un's aunt but a different person of that name.

    Instead, a documentary on April 4 showed the aunt next to former leader Kim Jong-il on a visit to a food factory, and another on April 9 sitting next to Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un while presiding over a military exercise.

    In other words she only reappears in historic footage.

    Pundits speculate that she is ill and has been included in the official history again in case she dies soon. An intelligence source here said, "Kim Kyong-hui is believed to be in Pyongyang, and that is the extent of our information about her at this point."

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