The 32-year-old Kim Yo-jong is the only member of the Pyongyang dictator’s family to hold a public role in North Korean politics. She recently led a very tough campaign against South Korea, writes Reuters.
According to a South Korean MP, who cites his country’s intelligence services, Kim Yo-jong is helping his brother manage the regime’s affairs.
“Kim Jong-un still retains his absolute authority, but part of it has been handed over little by little. Yo-jong is the de facto number two leader, but (Kim Jong-un, ed.) Has not elected a successor, “he said after a closed-door meeting with the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Kim Jong-un has delegated some of his authority to his close associates, mainly his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, according to an assessment of NIS
He gave up mainly economic and defense responsibilities in order to reduce the existing pressure on him and avoid being blamed in case of failure, according to the assessment.
Thus, Pak Pong-ju, vice chairman of the State Affairs Committee, and the new prime minister Kim Tok-hun took control of the economic sector.
As for the military, Choe Pu-il, the director of military affairs for the single patrimony, and Ri Pyong-chol, the vice president of the Central Military Commission, have assumed partial authority., states NIS.
The North Korean leader’s sister is responsible for policy toward South Korea and the United States, as well as other general issues. In fact, she became famous especially because of the Vietnam summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. In April, Kim Yo-jong was seen as North Korea’s new leader amid her brother’s public disappearance.