These family clans rule over North Korea
When you hear North Korea, you immediately think of Kim Jong Un. But he’s not the only one who rules the country with an iron hand: his family is in key positions. The Choes, next to the Kims the most important family clan, are also becoming more and more present.
Ruler Kim Jong Un (38) is part of the Kim dynasty. This has now ruled North Korea for three generations.
History actually teaches us that dictators are loners. They do not tend to settle their succession, let alone retain power in the family. Not even the iron ruler of the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin (1878–1953), succeeded in forging a successor.
The North Korean ruling dynasty is different: the Kims have maintained their absolute power for three generations. State founder Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) passed power to his son Kim Jong Il (1942-2011) in 1994, who finally transferred it to the current ruler Kim Jong Un (38) in 2011. Now the Kims are expanding their dynasty to include another family clan.
Family clans Kim and Choe unite
In addition to the well-known Kims, the Choes are increasingly stepping into the limelight. Little known for a long time, they have long been familiar with the Kim dynasty. The Choes are descendants of the commander Choi Hyun (1907-1982). This was always seen with the founder of the state Kim Il Sung. To this day, experts argue about which of the clans is actually more influential.
Now the two iron power clans are being merged: Kim Yo Jong (34), the sister of head of state Kim Jong Un, was married to Choe Song (34). His father Choe Ryong Hae (72) is the most powerful politician in the country after Kim Jong Un. As head of parliament, he is formally North Korea’s head of state. In addition, he is Vice-Head of the Politburo and, from September, Chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly.
Kim’s sister could be his successor
Kim Yo Jong is the most powerful woman in North Korea. She is already working as a close advisor to her brother and is also considered his successor. Because if something were to happen to the ruler in the near future, his son, who was born in 2010, would probably still be too young for political office. The sister would then move to the top. She is now to become a member of the Politburo. Because only as a member can it make state-supporting decisions. This would make Kim Yo Jong the first woman to lead the North Korean Communist Party.
She is already head of the propaganda ministry, which is very important for the dictatorship. According to “Bild”, Western analysts assume that no important decision will be made without the consent of her or the Choe clan. As is well known, Kim Jong Un maintains a very unhealthy lifestyle and is sometimes absent for months. When this was sometimes the case during the corona pandemic, according to the analysts reproduced in the article, she is said to have made the important decisions in the country.
Choe Son Hui is North Korea’s foreign minister
Another woman from the clan network is also being built up: Choe Son Hui (58) is a career diplomat and has so far been particularly noticeable with criticism of the USA. She played a crucial role in the two summits between ruler Kim Jong Un and former US President Donald Trump in 2018 and 2019.
Initially she was deputy minister and was promoted to North Korea’s foreign minister in June this year. She is now the first woman to hold the post, replacing army officer Ri Son Gwon. (hey)