Kim Jong-un's Sister Has Been Promoted to DPRK's Top Ruling Body

© Sputnik ScreenshotKim Yo Jong, vice-director of the Information and Publicity Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
Kim Yo Jong, vice-director of the Information and Publicity Department of the Workers' Party of Korea - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.10.2021
Kim Yo-jong first made headlines in 2018 when she visited the Winter Olympics in South Korea as Kim Jong-un's special envoy. Since then she has been appointed to several positions, quickly climbing the power ladder and prompting the media to speculate that she is one of the key individuals involved in the leadership's decision-making process.
Kim Yo-jong has been promoted to North Korea's top ruling body, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has reported. According to the outlet, she was among several officials, appointed to the State Affairs Commission (SAC), which is headed by her brother and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.
Experts say the move has strengthened Kim Yo-jong's position in the nation's leadership and the post itself is her highest rank yet.

"Kim Jong-un has raised Kim Yo-jong's status", said Shin Beom-chul, a researcher at the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy.

The development comes a week after she issued a mixed response to the South Korean president's proposal to formally end the Korean War (1950-1953) and a day after Pyongyang said it was willing to restore discontinued communication lines with Seoul.

Kim's Second-in-Command?

Since being appointed Kim Jong-un's special envoy in 2018, Kim Yo-jong has quickly risen through the leadership ranks. Last year, South Korea's intelligence community claimed that the woman, said to be in her thirties, shares power with her brother and is "de facto second-in-command". Some outlets even went as far as to speculate that she will succeed Kim Jong-un if his health deteriorates.

Last summer, Pyongyang destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office used as a de facto embassy and a communications channel between the two countries following a belligerent statement by Kim Yo-jong in which she ordered a government department to "decisively carry out the next action".

Secrecy, which has shrouded North Korea for decades, often prompts wild speculations. In the spring of 2020 Kim Jong-un's long disappearance from public view prompted western outlets to speculate that he was deposed by his sister.
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