Kim Jong Un's Aunt Safe for Now

Reports indicate she's been appointed to committee
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2013 6:44 AM CST
Safe for Now: Kim Jong Il's Aunt
In this 1963 photo, Kim Jong Il, left, poses with his father Kim Il Sung and his younger sister, Kim Kyong Hui.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

Rumors of her impending demise may have been at least premature, because the AP reports that Kim Jong Un's aunt—and estranged wife of recently executed uncle Jang Song Thaek—has been named to an ad-hoc state committee in a seeming indication that both her influence and her neck remain intact. Analysts speculate that the difference could well be that Kim Kyong Hui is a blood relative; she was very close to older brother Kim Jong Il, and helped groom Kim Jong Un for power after his father's death. And, they say, she may even have given the high sign to have her husband fired, though probably didn't sanction his death. Watchers are looking for her to appear in public on Tuesday, on the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death, assuming her frail health permits it. (Read more Kim Jong Un stories.)

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