Kim Jong Un’s sister to become first dynasty member to enter South Korea
Tokyo: Kim Jong Un’s younger sister is set to become the first member of North Korea’s ruling bloodline to step on South Korean soil.
Kim Yo Jong, who was promoted by her brother last year to the ruling party’s political wing, will attend the opening of this month’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean alpine town of Pyeongchang, according to South Korea’s Unification Ministry.
The visit by a potential future leader of North Korea could be seen as a symbolic gesture by Kim Jong Un to show he’s keen to maintain the current detente. But it’s possible she’s also being used as a propaganda tool to take the spotlight away from the celebrations in South Korea, and drive a deeper wedge between the governments in Seoul and Washington.
The North Korean leader has already tapped Kim Yong Nam, the isolated regime’s ceremonial head of state, to lead the country’s delegation at the Olympics and attend the opening ceremony on Friday evening.
Believed to be in her late 20s, Kim Yo Jong shares the same mother as Kim Jong Un. Their half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was murdered in February at a Malaysian airport with the chemical weapon VX. North Korea denies it played a role in the attack.
Kim Yo Jong’s promotion brought her closer to the centre of power in the isolated state. She’s appeared prominently in public and is seen as the most influential woman along with Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, in a country where family ties mean more than any title or rank.
Kim Jong Un and Kim Yo Jong were born to Ko Yong Hui, the fourth partner of Kim Jong Il. They grew up together in the capital of Pyongyang and attended the same Swiss boarding school, Yonhap News Agency has reported. Bloomberg
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