Kim Yo-jong is North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-younger un’s sister. She is also a high-ranking member of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
Who is Kim Yo-jong?
Kim Yo-jong is the little sister of Kim Jong-un, who runs North Korea. She joined the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in 2007, and she worked as her father’s secretary until he died in 2011. Under her brother’s rule, Kim Yo-jong continued to move up in her party. She took charge of her brother’s image as the first vice-department director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department and later became an alternate member of the WPK’s powerful politburo. After making a big splash at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kim went with her brother to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearization.
The date Kim Yo-jong was born was September 26, 1987. She and her two older brothers lived with their mother on Ch’angkwang Hill in the center of Pyongyang when she was young. Kenji Fujimoto, the family chef, said that when it was her birthday, the family would go to another home in Wonsan to celebrate.
In 1996, Kim went to Switzerland to keep going to school. She started going to Liebefeld Hessgut public school. Kim Jong-un later joined her at Liebefeld-Steinholzli public school, where they both went under fake names. Even though they lived with an aunt and uncle and had housekeepers and bodyguards, the time they spent abroad was said to have made them feel alone and brought them closer together.
Computer Science Degree:
We don’t know much about what Kim Yo-jong did in the years after she went back to North Korea in 2000 or 2001. However, she reportedly got a computer science degree from Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung University in 2007.
Kim Yo-jong is the little sister of Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea. She is also said to be one of his closest advisers. As the first vice-department director of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Propaganda and Agitation Department, she is said to be in charge of managing her brother’s image and promoting his “charm offensive” toward South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump, even though he continued to frighten his enemies with nuclear attacks.
WPK Would Prefer a Group Leader:
When news came out in April 2020 that Kim Jong-un was sick, the media focused on Kim Yo-jong as a possible leader. Some analysts said that she is the most likely to take over after her brother because she is related to the “Paektu” bloodline that the family claims gives them divine right to rule. In contrast, others said that the male-dominated WPK would prefer a group leader.
Second leader of North Korea:
Kim Yo-jong is the youngest child of the second leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, and his wife, the Japanese Korean dancer Ko Yong-hui. Kim Jong-parents un’s also had a son named Kim Jong-Chul, and Kim Yo-jong had a half-sister named Kim Sol-song. Kim Jong-Nam, another half-sibling, was allegedly killed in Malaysia in 2017 at the order of the Supreme Leader.
The Death of His Father and His Rise to Power:
Kim Yo-jong was named a junior cadre in the WKP in 2007. After Kim Jong-il had two strokes the following year, she is said to have been involved in succession plans and took on a more prominent role as her father’s secretary until he died in December 2011.
Powerful Women in the Ruling Party:
Kim Yo-jong is said to have been trained for public service by her aunt Kim Kyong-hui. After Kim Kyong-husband, hui’s Jang Song-thaek, was executed in late 2013, Kim Yo-jong replaced her aunt as one of the most powerful women in the ruling party.
Director of the National Defense Commission:
Kim became acting director of the National Defense Commission when her brother was in charge. In late 2014, she was given a job in the Propaganda and Agitation Department. After three years, she became an alternate member of the WPK’s political bureau. In 2019, she was elected to represent the Killimgil district in the Supreme People’s Assembly.
First Public Statement about Policy:
Late in 2019, Kim gave her first orders to the all-female units of the Korean People’s Army. This showed how important she was in the WPK. In March of the following year, she made her first public statement about policy. She criticized South Korea for complaining about North Korea’s military drills.
2018 Summer Games:
Kim had his big debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He was the highest-ranking member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit the south since the Korean War ended in 1953. As her brother’s representative, if not the official head of the North Korean delegation, she met with President Moon and stood behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, which got her a lot of attention.
Meetings with President Trump:
Kim Yo-jong went with her brother to his high-profile denuclearization talks with President Trump, the first of which was in June 2018 in Singapore and the second in February 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. During the last summit, the two sides abruptly stopped negotiating. Kim Jong-un has blamed his sister for the failure and kicked her out of the politburo. He planned to bring her back in April 2020.
Kim was one of seven North Koreans sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury at the beginning of 2017 for “serious human rights abuses and censorship activities.” This was because she was in charge of the Propaganda and Agitation Department. She is also thought to be part of the mysterious Office 39, whose job is to raise money for the Supreme Leader.
Family: Husband and Kids:
Early in 2015, it was said that Kim Yo-jong had married Choe Song, the son of Kim Jong-un lieutenant Choe Ryong-hae. In the spring of 2015 and again around the time of the 2018 Winter Olympics, it was said that she was pregnant.
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