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24 July 2006 :: 14:07:09 pm 32981

North Korean Leader Has Secret Wife

The secretive and often unpredictable Kim Jong Il has been living with his former secretary, who he has now taken to be his new wife.
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   Normally when we hear the name Kim Jong Il, we think of that crazy recluse of a man who lives in North Korea and carries out missile tests, contrary to what the rest of the world says.

   This time, he has made headlines for a completely different reason, dare I say, for love. It’s hard to believe that someone who seems to have so much content for his fellow man can still find time for love in between all of his crazy scheming. Apparently he has.

   The marital history of this 64 year-old leader is just as hazy as the man himself. From what we can tell, he has been married three times before. Ko Yong Hi, his last wife, reportedly died of breast cancer in 2004.

   Since her death, not too much has been known about Kim Jong Il’s personal life, until now.

   He has taken his former secretary, Kim Ok, as his new wife, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the country.

   He has been living with Kim Ok since his late wife’s passing. She has been serving the leader as his personal secretary since 1980. She has been virtually acting as North Koreans “First Lady”, accompanying Kim Jong Il on visits to military bases, in meeting foreign dignitaries, and traveling to other countries.

   She studied piano at the North’s elite Pyongyang University of Music and Dance. Kim Ok also travelled with him when he made a secret visit to China in January and met Chinese leader Hu Jintao, the news agency said.

  It is unknown whether or not the two have had any children together.

   Kim Jong Il already has three sons, one from his second wife and two from his third. Most North Korean experts expect that Kim’s 25-year old son, Kim Jong Chul, is most likely to succeed his father as ruler of North Korea. 

   You would expect that the eldest son would succeed his father, but not in this case. The eldest, Kim Jong Nam, fell out of his father’s favour when in 2001 he embarrassed his father by getting caught trying to enter Japan with a fake passport, saying he wanted to visit Disneyland.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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