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Kim Jong-Il's Sister May Be Regime's Guardian

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 07:47 AM


In innocent black-and-white family photographs from decades ago, toddler Kim Jong-il stands side by side with Kyong-hui, his angel-faced younger sister.

She is still widely seen as the only person Mr Kim, the North Korean dictator, has been able to trust throughout his life, The Financial Times reports. Their bond became more public on Tuesday when she was named a four-star general along with the dictator’s son, Kim Jong-eun.

Mrs Kim, 64, is being groomed to play an important role in keeping the state alive, especially in the event her brother dies suddenly. She has been the most prominent companion on her brother’s recent trips around the country to factories, farms and operas, a signal to North Korean elites to identify her as someone to whom Kim Jong-il has confided his plans.

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