The younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung died at 101.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper announced the death of Kim Yong Ju on Wednesday, reporting that current leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yong Ju’s grandnephew, sent a wreath to the funeral bier of the deceased.
An official media report said Kim Jong Un sent a condolence wreath and expressed “deep condolences” over the death, adding that his great-uncle “made a contribution to accelerating socialist construction and developing the Korean-style state social system.”
Kim Yong Yu was regarded as the country’s second most powerful figure before his nephew Kim Jong Il became ruler in 1994.
The three generations of the Kim family have ruled North Korea since Kim Il Sung established the country in 1948.
When Kim Il Sung died in 1994, his eldest son, Kim Jong Il, took power.
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