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Who is Kim Jong Un´s mysterious sister?

The mysterious absence of North Korean dictator has focused attention

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During Kim Kong Un's absence, speculation about Kim Yo Jong assuming a leadership role in North Korea was rampant. But who is she? Analyst Michael Madden talks to Deutsche Welle about the North Korean ruler's mysterious sister.

Not much is known about Kim Yo Jong (main picture, left). Among the few things revealed is that she is the daughter of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and the sister of current leader Kim Jong Un.

The mysterious absence of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has focused attention on his younger sister who is believed to be close to Kim and in his "core circle of advisers," despite such enjoying such Western pleasures as attending an Eric Clapton concert. Kim Yo Jong is believed to be 27 and the youngest sibling of the supreme leader, but like most of her family, details about her life are murky, reports ABC news.

She has been seen alongside her brother and has an official role within the ruling communist party. But in recent weeks, rumors spread that during her brother's unexplained five-week absence she may have been leading the government of the secretive country.

According to the North Korea Intellectuals' Solidarity (NKIS), a think-tank run by defectors, Kim Yo Jong was charged with handling important government decisions while her brother was getting medical treatment at Bonghwa Clinic from both domestic and foreign medical teams.

In a DW North Korea, analyst Michael Madden says that as one of her brother's close aides, Kim Yo Jong most likely undertook additional administrative tasks but points out that her brother was never in any condition where he had to temporarily pass on power for longer than a few hours time.

However, he adds, in a system like North Korea's, gatekeepers wield an enormous amount of power particularly when the leader is ailing.

DW: Who is Kim Yo Jong?

Kim Yo Jong is the youngest of Kim Jong Il's seven children and Kim Jong Un's younger sister. Her mother Ko Yong Hui (1952-2004) was a member of the prestigious Mansudae Art Troupe and was a common law wife of Kim Jong Il's. more...

 

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