Younger brother of North Korean founding leader dies aged 101
Thursday, December 16, 2021
North Korean veteran statesman and younger brother of founder , died from unknown causes around December 14, according to the state-run newspaper . Kim held the positions of Honorary Vice President of the , and .,
In a short article released by Rodong Sinmun, current leader Kim Jong Un was said to have sent a wreath to his , "expressing deep condolences over his death." In the same article, Kim Yong Ju was described as having "devotedly struggled to implement the lines and policies and made a contribution to accelerating socialist construction and developing the Korean-style state social system".
The death was reported only two days before the ten year death anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il, Kim Yong Ju's nephew. Kim was passed over during Kim Il Sung's succession, and gradually "faded from the political scene", according to the Associated Press. According to the same source, his last public appearance was in a TV report in 2015, in which he is seen casting a ballot.
Kim Yong Ju was awarded theand the , the two highest orders of the country, and the title of , the highest honorary title of the country.
This event occured soon before the ten year anniversary of Kim Jong Un's rise to power, an important event seen as his elevation to a status similar to his grandfather and father.
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- Kim Hyung-jin. "Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korea’s founder, dies" — , December 15, 2021
- North Korea Now. "Brother of N. Korea’s founder dies at 101" — , December 15, 2021