Kim Sung-nam

Current position

Deputy director, Foreign Affairs Department, CC KWP

Date and place of birth

1953, Pyongyang


Kim Il Sung University,


January 2010: Deputy director, Foreign Affairs Department, CC KWP.

Since the 80’s: Advisor on China issues


Kim Sung Nam a viable, long-time advisor to the Kim family on Chinese matters. He began to cultivate his expertise on the Middle Kingdom when he studied in China and became fluent in Mandarin. Following this stint, Kim Sung Nam became a China expert in the Workers Party’s International Department. Moreover, he is not only the official interpreter for Kim Jong Un (and previously to Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung), but he is also an experienced economic adviser. He’s also a member of the Municipal Committee for the Pyongyang Branch of the Korean Workers’ Party.