Kim Yoo-jung, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been appointed to the top post in the government. The country’s state news agency KCNA confirmed the information on Thursday.
After a long stint as an adviser to Kim Jong-un, Kim Yoo-jung took over the State Affairs Commission. North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly recently made several changes to the country’s top post, as part of which Kim Yoo Jung received the promotion.
Nine members have been fired as part of the State Affairs Commission reform. Among them are Pak Pong Xu, vice president of the commission, and Cho Son Hui, a senior female diplomat. Cho Sun Hui has played a key role in negotiating with the United States since North Korea’s top post.
Kim Yoo Jung was always close to his brother Kim Jong-un. Along with his brother, he has attended meetings with several important foreign leaders. These include then-US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Kim Yoo-jung’s role in North Korean politics has long been the subject of speculation. Some believe she will be as successful as her brother and in her absence will be the first female head of conservative North Korea.
Kim Yoo-jung, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been promoted to membership of the State Affairs Commission (SAC), the country’s top policy-making body.
North Korea’s state-run media quoted KCNA as saying on Thursday.
Kim Yoo Jung is now a member of his brother-led SAC, KCNA said in a statement.
Yoo Jung is already one of North Korea’s most important political figures and his brother’s chief adviser. But, by becoming a member of the SAC, he got the highest government post.
7 more people have been promoted along with Yo Jang. Yeo Jung is the only woman among them.
According to NDTV, the commission has been reshuffled. At least nine people have been left out. Among them is the vice president of the commission. Also left out is a senior female diplomat who played a role in North Korea’s dialogue with the United States.
Eight new members have been appointed to replace North Korea’s Interior Ministry. Local media outlet Rodong Sinmun published pictures of the eight new ones on Monday. The only woman among them was Kim Yoo Jung, Kim’s sister.
Kim Jong Un is seen attending various international meetings with his brother Kim Jong Un. He was also with his brother during the meeting with US President Donald Trump. Kim was also seen next to his brother during a meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.
It is said that one of Brother Kim’s mentors is Yeo Jung. For this reason, she is considered to be the most influential leader in North Korea.