Kim Ok, the former secretary to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, is seated at the far end of a meeting table, on the right. (U.S. Department of Defense)
|Born||(1964-08-28) 28 August 1964 (age 53)|
|Partner(s)||Kim Jong-il (2004–2011)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Ok|
Kim Ok (김옥; born 28 August 1964) is a former North Korean government employee who served as Kim Jong-il's personal secretary from the 1980s until his death. After the death of Ko Yong-hui, she regularly met with foreign officials as de facto first lady, and was rumored to be his fourth wife.
Kim Ok was born in 1964. Her father is Kim Hyo, who was a senior official of the Workers Party. She attended Pyongyang University. Kim was previously a musician and was a piano major at Pyongyang University of Music and Dance. In 1987 she joined Kim Jong-il's management. She served as the department director in the National Defense Commission. In September 2012, she reportedly went to Berlin for medical treatment.
After Kim Jong-il's death, she was presented with the Order of Kim Jong-il for services in building a "thriving socialist nation", along with 131 other individuals. However, in July 2013 she lost all official titles.
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