The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been appointed to the country’s top government agency, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday.
Kim Yoo-jung, a key adviser to his brother, was promoted to the State Affairs Commission in a change approved by the Supreme People’s Assembly, the rubber-stamp parliament.
Less than nine members of the commission were fired, including its vice-president, Pak Pong Xu, and diplomat Cho Son Hui, a rare senior woman in the northern hierarchy who played a key role in negotiations with the United States.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Thursday carried portraits of eight new recruits, with Kim Yoo Jung standing among them for his youth and as the only woman.
He was often seen near his brother যার with whom he went to school in Switzerland যার including his meetings with then-US President Donald Trump and Southern leader Moon Jae-in.
Her exact political role has long been the subject of speculation – with the possibility that she could one day replace her brother, a change that would give the socially conservative answer to her first female leader.
He has sometimes sharply condemned Washington or Seoul in statements directed by state media, especially the South that built and paid for it before blowing up a liaison office along the border.
His relatively junior position as vice-director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee gave the announcement an element of ambiguity, and in some cases, he specifically said he was speaking in private power.
His official rank has risen and fallen over time, but his new SAC position is by far his most senior.
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