Kim Jong-il's Half-Brother Gets Czech Job

      January 22, 2015 13:11

      Kim Pyong-il

      Kim Pyong-il, a half-brother of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has been appointed ambassador to the Czech Republic. He served as ambassador to Poland for 17 years.

      The new North Korean ambassador to Poland is Ri Kun, who was formerly responsible for American affairs and the six-party nuclear talks in the Foreign Ministry.

      Kim Pyong-il was born to North Korea's first leader Kim Il-sung and his second wife Kim Song-ae and was kept at arm's length from the regime for most of his half-brother's life.

      Whether the move to the Czech Republic is a reward or a punishment or something else entirely is unclear, though Prague is generally seen as a pleasanter city than Warsaw.

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