Kim Jong-un Meets Exiled Uncle in Pyongyang

  • By Kim Myong-song

    July 16, 2015 09:50

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met his father's quasi-exiled half-brother in Pyongyang, according to state media.

    Kim Pyong-il

    Kim Pyong-il was the perennial North Korean ambassador to Poland since being practically thrown out of the North when his half-brother Kim Jong-il took power.

    But on Wednesday the official Rodong Sinmun daily published a group photo showing Kim Jong-un with his uncle among North Korean ambassadors who gathered in the capital for an annual meeting. 

    In the photo, Kim Pyong-il is seen standing in a row behind Kim Jong-un.

    Pyong-il is the eldest son of regime founder Kim Il-sung's second wife, Kim Song-ae.

    After he was defeated in a power struggle with Kim Jong-il, he became ambassador to Poland in 1998 and served in Warsaw for 17 years before moving to the Czech Republic early this year.

    Kim Pyong-il was effectively banned from the North while Kim Jong-il was alive but has been permitted back since his death. "Kim Pyong-il also visited the North last year," a source said.

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