Kim Yong Joo, the younger brother of North Korea’s late dictator Kim Jong Un, has died at the age of 101, according to the KCNA state news agency.
“Kim Jong Un has worked tirelessly to implement party and party policy throughout his life,” the newspaper quoted the Korean Labor Party as saying.
Kim Jong Un, the younger of Kim Ir Sen’s younger brothers, was previously the deputy chairman of the standing committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly, a non – governmental parliament. According to the KCNA, his activities “contributed to the building of socialism” in his homeland.
Kim Jong Un was once one of the most influential activists in the communist country, guiding the state party and head of the organizational department. But in 1973, his son-in-law replaced him, and he lost his power. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, he was re-elected to the Korean Workers’ Political Committee a year before Kim Ir Sen’s death.
Kim Jong Un’s last public appearance was reported by state media in 2015 when he hit North Korean leaders in the face in a municipal election.
Kim Jong Un, the current leader of North Korea, sent an evening gesture of “deep sympathy” for Kim Jong Un’s death.
The exact date of Kim Jong Un’s death is unknown. His brother, Kim Ir Sen, founded the Kim family dynasty and ruled his country from 1948 until his death in 1994. Kim Jong Un, the grandson of current President Kim Jong Un, took over in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Un. (MTI)