Kim Yo-Jong is the youngest sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. She is also the youngest daughter of the former leader Kim Jong-il and granddaughter of the founder of North Korea, Kim II-sung. She is an alternate member of the politburo (Political Bureau) and vice-director of the Propaganda and the Agitation Department of the Worker’s Party of Korea.
Kim Yo-Jong Biography
Kim Yo-Jong was born the daughter of Kim Jong-il and his wife Ko Yong-hui on 26th September 1988. She and her brother, Kim Jong-un are said to have a close relationship because of their shared isolated years while studying together in Switzerland from 1996 to 2000 and in North Korea, where social and emotional isolation appears to have been a defining force in their early lives possibly because their father Kim Jong-il wanted to bring them up away from the influence of his father Kim II-Sung. She may have studied at the Kim II-sung Military University after her return. She also studied computer science at Kim II-University where she is said to have studied with Kim Eon-gyong, the daughter of Japanese abductee Megumi Yokota.
Kim Yo-Jong Age
Kim Yo-Jong 31 years of age.
Kim Yo-Jong Career
In September 2010, she was spotted in a photo session for participants at the 3rd Conference of the WPK when she stood next to her father’s personal secretary and alleged mistress Kim Ok. Kim Yo-Jong was given much publicity during the funeral service for Kim Jong-il in December 2011, when she appeared several times alongside her brother Kim Jong-un or leading funeral processions of central officials, despite not even being a funeral committee member and she was never named. Kim Yo-Jong was then reportedly given a position under the National Defense Commission at the beginning of 2012 as tour manager for Kim Jong-un. However, she has not appeared in news report except for November 2012, when the Korean Central Television showed her accompanying Kim Jong-un at a military riding ground. She was officially mentioned for the first time on 9 March 2014, as she accompanied her brother in voting for the Supreme People’s Assembly. Kim Yo-Jong was identified as a “senior official” of the WPK Central Committee.
In October 2014 it was alleged that she had taken over state duties for her ailing brother while he underwent medical treatment. In November 2014 she was reported to be Vice Director of the Worker’s Party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department (PAD). In July 2015, reports saw her as playing the role of de facto leader of the department, with nominal director Kim Ki-nam in a supporting role. She also holds a vice-ministerial post, but her portfolio is not known. She regularly accompanies Kim Jong-un on his “field guidance” trips.
She is said to be the driving force behind the development of her brother’s cult of personality, modelled after that of their grandfather, Kim II-sung. This has led to changes in the way state policies are depicted in the media, as well as differences in reporting. A North Korean defector and former diplomat, Thae Yong-ho said in 2017 that Kim Yo-Jong organised all major public events in North Korea. She was said to have encouraged her brother to present an image of a “man of the people” with for example, rides on fairground attractions and his friendship with the basketball star Dennis Rodman.
The U.S Treasury in 2017 placed her in the Specially Designated Nationals List in response to human rights abuses in North Korea. She was also made an alternate member of the politburo and became the second woman to be appointed to this decision-making body. Her ascent to this body was an indication that she is Kim Jong-un’s replacement for his aunt, Kim Kyong-hui who has a good relationship with Kim Yo-Jong but has not played an active role in his regime. Her assigned position would also put her in charge of the State Security Department.
Kim also attended the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on 9 February 2018. Her visit made her the first member of the ruling Kim dynasty to have visited South Korea since the Korean War. She attended the meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on 10 February and revealed she was dispatched as a special envoy of Kim Jong-un and delivered a personally written letter from Kim to Moon. Kim was also part of her brother’s team during the 2018 North Korea-United States Singapore Summit and the 2019 North Korea-United States Hanoi summit. During the 2019 North Korean Parliamentary election, she was elected to the Supreme’s People’s Assembly representing Killimgil. On April, she was briefly removed from the party politburo but was reinstated in April 2020.
Kim Yo-Jong Family
In January 2015, it was reported she married Choe Sang the second son of government official Choe Ryong-hae. However, the information was later denied by North Korean officials. In May 2015 she was expecting a child but the father was not identified with rumors saying its the child of a fellow alumnus of Kim II sung university.
Kim Jong-un Illness
According to a U.S official North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un is in grave danger after undergoing surgery. Kim recently missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, which raised speculation about his well being. He had been seen four days before that at a government meeting. Daily NK an online Newspaper based in South Korea that focuses on North Korea reports that Kim reportedly received a cardiovascular system procedure on April 12. The Supreme leader received the cardiovascular system procedure because of “excessive smoking, obesity, and overwork.”
Because of his illness, the Korean Won weakened sharply on Tuesday against the dollar. The South Korean markets also saw sizable declines, with the Kopsi down. However, confusion still remains over the state of Kim’s health. The 36-year-old was continuing to receive treatment at a villa at the Mount Kumgang resort, the DK website added. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the North continues to insist that it has not discovered a single case of COVID-19, but experts and defectors have challenged these claims. The North has quarantined tens of thousands and delayed school year as precautionary steps, and sealed its border with China in January.