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Apr 25, 2020,05:04pm EDT
Meet Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s Sister—And Possible Successor In North Korea
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As questions surrounding North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s possible death reach a fever pitch, Kim Yo Jong—the disappearing dictator’s sister and closest confidante—takes the spotlight and, maybe, the top job.
While she rocketed to international attention during the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Yo Jong (like many in her family) is a somewhat mysterious figure, with basic details like her exact age (somewhere in her early thirties), unconfirmed by the North Korean regime.
A favorite of her late father Kim Jong Il, she attended school in Switzerland, The Washington Postreports, where she took ballet lessons before returning to North Korea in the early 2000s.
In a sign of her growing power, Yo Jong was named an alternate member of the North Korean politburo earlier this month.
“She is smart, calculating, and who knows how much power she has been able to build working in the shadows?” North Korean expert Bruce Bennett told the Daily Beast.
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“Among the North’s power elite, Kim Yo Jong has the highest chance to inherit power, and I think that possibility is more than 90%,” an analyst told the Associated Press. However, she’s not the only one who may be jockeying for the promotion, and the country’s patriarchal structure may undercut her chances. Some speculate that a collective leadership spearheaded by ceremonial head of state Choe Ryong Hae may be implemented, ending the Kim family’s dynastic rule. Kim Yo Jong may serve only as a temporary figurehead in the interim. And of course, any replacement hinges on Kim Jong Un’s actual death or incapacitation, which is still unknown.
The Straits Times
Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s sister rises in North Korea hierarchy
PUBLISHED APR 12, 2020, 12:56 PM SGT
SEOUL (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful younger sister has been reinstated to a key decision-making body, state media reported on Sunday (April 12), marking her rise in the isolated nation.
Long one of her brother’s closest advisers, Ms Kim Yo Jong was reappointed an alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee in a reshuffle of top officials on Saturday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
The meeting to decide on the appointment was presided over by Mr Kim, it added.
Analysts say Ms Kim is believed to have been removed from the position last year after the collapse of a second summit between her brother and United States President Donald Trump in Hanoi.
“The restoration is part of Kim Yo Jong’s recent rise within the North’s hierarchy,” Mr Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean defector and researcher in Seoul, told AFP.
Ms Kim acted as her brother’s envoy to the South at the time of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, which ushered in a rapid diplomatic rapprochement on the divided peninsula.
She has frequently been pictured alongside him at summits with Mr Trump or the South’s President Moon Jae-in.
But she began issuing statements of direct political significance under her own name only last month, which analysts said highlights her central role in the North’s political ranking.
It followed her appointment as first vice-department director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party – her main role in the totalitarian state.
Mr Ri Son Gwon, who was named the North’s top diplomat in January, was also elected as an alternate member of the Political Bureau alongside Mr Kim’s sister.