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Kim Jong-pil
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Kim in 1962
9th Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
June 4, 1971 – December 18, 1975
President Park Chung-hee
Preceded by Baek Du-jin
Succeeded by Choi Kyu-hah
In office
August 18, 1998 – January 12, 2000
President Kim Dae-jung
Preceded by Goh Kun
Succeeded by Park Tae-joon
Personal details
Born (1926-01-07)January 7, 1926
Buyeo County, Japanese Korea
Died June 23, 2018(2018-06-23) (aged 92)
Seoul, South Korea
Political party Liberty Korea Party
Other political
affiliations
United Liberal Democrats (1996–2006)
Democratic Republican (1963–1980)
Spouse(s)
Park Young-ok
(m. 1951; died 2015)
Children 2
Alma mater Korean Military Academy
Military service
Allegiance  South Korea
Branch/service  South Korea Army
Years of service 1949–1961
Rank Brigadier General

Kim Jong-pil (January 7, 1926 – June 23, 2018) was a South Korean politician and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), now the National Intelligence Service), who served as Prime Minister twice, from 1971–1975 during president Park Chung-hee (1961–1979) and from 1998–2000 during president Kim Dae-jung (1998–2002).

Early life and career

Kim Jong-pil was born in Buyeo County, Chungcheongnam-do. He was educated under Japanese imperial rule during primary school from 8 years old and onward, until 19 years. He graduated from the Korea Military Academy in 1949.

He studied in the USA in 1951 and participated in the Korean War as an intelligence officer of the Republic of Korea Army.

In 1963, he founded the Democratic Republican Party (South Korea). In 1971 he first served as Prime Minister of South Korea 1971 to 1975. He assumed the same position from 1998 to 2000. In 2004, he announced his retirement from politics after his bid for a tenth term in the National Assembly failed.

He served as Korea Scout Association President until June 6, 1969. In 1967 he received the highest distinction of the Scout Association of Japan, the Golden Pheasant Award.

Death

Kim died on June 23, 2018, at Shindangdon Northern Seoul at the age of 92. His tomb was made at his hometown.

His state funeral was held on June 24, 2018.

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