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    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
    • Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's Most Powerful Woman
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    She is the youngest of seven children, and the only daughter of Kim Jong-il and his Japanese-born consort Ko Yong-hui. Yong-hui is also the mother of Kim Jong-un.
    Above: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong attends the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Stadium on 9 February 2018.

    Kim Yo-jong is the granddaughter of NK founder Kim Il-sung, the daughter of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, the current supreme leader. Officially mentioned for the first time on 9 March 2014, she was later identified as a senior official in the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

    North Korean politician Kim Yo-jong, 30, is the director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the ruling Workers' Party and is therefore responsible for her brother's public image. State media recently confirmed that Kim Yo-jong is now in charge of relations with South Korea.

    She is considered to be a powerful political figure in North Korea and a right-hand woman to her brother since she has accompanied him on numerous high-level meetings, including the denuclearisation summits with US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Given her influence, she has even been nicknamed North Korea's "most powerful woman" by the media.

    She also served as an alternate member of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea from 2017 to 2019, and was reappointed to the role in April 2020.

    Check out Sputnik's gallery to see what else we know about the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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