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PRC to Send Kim Jong Suk Statue to DPRK

Kim Jong Suk (Photo: KCNA)

The China Waxwork Museum for Great Figures has agreed to construct a life-sized wax effigy of Kim Jong Suk.  Kim Jong Suk was Kim Il Sung’s first wife and the mother of Kim Jong Il and Kim Kyong Hui (a middle brother drowned in Pyongyang during the summer of 1947).  Korea Times (citing a report by Dong-a Ilbo) reports that Kim Jong Il proffered his request to the PRC during his August 2010 trip to Northeastern China.  The PRC agreed and the Kim Jong Suk statue will be sent, with a delegation, to Pyongyang in December.

China plans to send North Korea a life-size statue of Kim Jong-il’s biological mother as a gift, a local newspaper said, citing a North Korean document.

The waxwork statue of Kim Jong-sook, reportedly proposed by Kim Jong-il and accepted by China, will be shipped to the North in early December, Dong-a Ilbo said Saturday.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the marriage between Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, and Kim Jong-sook.

The project will be carried out by the China Waxwork Museum for Great Figures, which in the past also built famous Chinese individuals such as Mao Zedong and Jiang Zemin, the report said.

The North Korean Embassy in Beijing thanked the museum for carrying out the task which will “further enhance ties between the peoples of the two countries,” the report said, citing a North Korean embassy document dated July 15, which it obtained.

The newspaper didn’t say how it obtained the document.

In May of this year bronze statues of KJI, KIS, KJS were unveiled at the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces in a ceremony presided over by the Chief of the KPA General Staff and the Senior Deputy Director of the MPAF GPD.

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