Wave of mourning in Kim Jong Un’s country, know what happened?

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He died after a year of treatment for age-related diseases and multiple organ dysfunction, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. Kim Jong Un visited a funeral hall in Pyongyang to pay tribute with deep sorrow over the loss of a veteran revolutionary.

Kim Ki-nam, a central figure in North Korea’s propaganda machinery and close to the ruling dynasty, died on Tuesday at the age of 94. Nam’s extensive career spanning more than six decades has seen him play a key role in shaping the country’s message under successive leaders including Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un.

He died after a year of treatment for age-related diseases and multiple organ dysfunction, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. Kim Jong Un visited a funeral hall in Pyongyang to pay tribute with deep sorrow over the loss of a veteran revolutionary. According to the agency, the Korean leader will also head the state funeral committee for Kim Ki-nam, who will be buried on Thursday. Nam’s role as North Korea’s chief propagandist and his significant contribution to shaping the image of its leaders will be etched in the country’s complex history.

Kim emerged from a struggling childhood to become a prominent figure in North Korea’s political scene. He began serving on the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in 1956, earning the trust of North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung. Despite being one of the most common family names in North and South Korea, the name Kim Ki had no blood connection with the ruling. In 1966 he was appointed deputy director of Pyongyang’s Propaganda and Agitation Department, where he worked closely with Kim Jong Il, the predecessor and father of current leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Ki Nam later led the department.

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