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Kim Ok
William Cohen, Jo Myong Rok, Kim Ok (Pentagon in Washington).jpg
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)
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 김옥
Hancha 金玉
Revised Romanization Gim Ok
McCune–Reischauer Kim 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.[1] 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.[2]


Kim Ok was born in 1964.[3] Her father is Kim Hyo, who was a senior official of the Workers Party.[4] She attended Pyongyang University.[3] 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.[3] She served as the department director in the National Defense Commission.[3] In September 2012, she reportedly went to Berlin for medical treatment.[5]

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.[6] However, in July 2013 she lost all official titles.[4]

In early July 2016 she was purged and sent to a labor camp.[7][8]

Family tree[edit]

Select[α] family tree of North Korea's ruling[β] Kim family[γ][δ][ε]
  1. ^ To keep the tree of manageable size, it omits some members, e. g., brothers and sisters of Kim Jong-il.
  2. ^ Names of Supreme Leaders of the DPRK (and the name of the article being viewed, if any) are in bold font.
  3. ^ Korean names often have a variety of transliterations into English, which can be confusing. For example, "Kim Jong-chul" may also be written "Gim Jeong-cheol" or "Kim Jŏng-ch'ŏl" among many other variations. See Korean romanization for more information.
  4. ^ Huss, Kan; Frost, Clay. "North Korea's First Family: Mapping the personal and political drama of the Kim clan". Retrieved 20 January 2013. (Confirms many, but not all, of the birth and death years. See individual articles for more references.)
  5. ^ Yan, Holly (16 February 2017). "The world's most mysterious family tree: Kim Jong Un's secretive dynasty is full of drama, death". Design by Alberto Mier. CNN. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Official biographies of Kim Jong-suk and Kim Jong-il give birth years of 1917 and 1942, respectively. Kim Ju-ae may have been born in late 2012 or early 2013.


  1. ^ Chung, Min-uck (19 December 2011). "What is future for Kim Ok?". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Kim's long-time secretary is New Korean 'first lady'", Front Page, South China Morning Post, 24 July 2006
  3. ^ a b c d "Kim Ok". North Korea Leadership Watch. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Andrei Lankov (4 July 2013). "Did Kim Jong Un purge his father's widow, Kim Ok?". NK News. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Kim Jong-il's Widow Had Treatment in Berlin". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 September 2012.
  6. ^ "North Korea awards 132 medals to commemorate Kim Jong-il's birthday". The Daily Telegraph. 14 February 2012.
  7. ^ ""김정일 넷째 부인 김옥 숙청…수용소로 보내져"". Yonhap News (in Korean). 26 July 2016.
  8. ^ Kim Myong-song (27 July 2016). "Kim Jong-il's Widow Sent to Prison Camp". Chosun. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
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