Kim Jong-un’s Women: Who Is Mysterious Kim Yo Jong – North Korea “Princess” or Shade Queen? (VIDEO)

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The sister of North Korean leader has been the center of attention since she arrived at the Winter Games. Keep on reading to know really stands behind the Kim Jong-un’s public image.

Nexter.org reports what you haven’t heard about Kim Yo Jong.

General Facts and Education

Kim Yo Jong was born 26 September 1987, so she’s 30 now. She is the younger sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.

She and her brother, Kim Jong-un, have been isolated from the rest of the family while studying together in Switzerland from 1996 to 2000, “where social and emotional isolation appears to have been a defining force in their early lives”. Their father made such decision possibly because he wanted to bring them up away from the influence of his father Kim Il-sung.

Not much is known about Kim Yo Jong after she returned to study in North Korea; however, her mother likely died of breast cancer while receiving treatment in Paris in 2004.

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Source: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Family and kids

In January 2015 she married Choe Song, the second son of government official Choe Ryong-hae. However, South Korean government sources have since denied the accuracy of these reports.

Kim Yo-jong was pregnant and expecting a child in May 2015. The father, not identified, is thought to be a fellow alumnus of Kim Il-sung university and either an official at Room 39 of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) or working at a military unit responsible for guarding the country’s leader.

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Source: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Power behind the throne

Yo-jong, who is four years younger than her brother, made her political debut in 2010 when she was photographed attending a Korean Workers’ party conference.

She is rumored to be the brains behind Kim Jong-un’s carefully constructed public image – as he seeks to tighten his grip on power.

Since Kim Jong-un’s anointment as the third leader of the Kim dynasty, his sister has frequently been seen accompanying him during “field guidance trips” and at other public events.

Kim Yo-jong is a person responded for a cult of personality around her brother that included presenting him as a benevolent, accessible leader modeled on his grandfather, and North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung.

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Source: Associated Press/Ahn Young-joon

She is also reported to be “one of her brother’s close aides,” who managed “his public events, itineraries and logistical needs, among other tasks,” according to the North Korea Leadership Watch blog post.

Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor of Korean Studies at Tufts University, said Kim Yo Jong “clearly holds real power.”

“She is more powerful than all others besides her brother,” Lee said.

Kim Yo-jong at the Winter Olympics

The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made history Friday when she paid an unprecedented three-day visit to South Korea during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

She is the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit South Korea since the Korean War, in a move many experts say may have lasting political implications.

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Kim acted as a foil to her brother as she cheerfully greeted foreign leaders and dined with the South Korean president. Many compare her to Ivanka .

Kim stole the show at the Olympics opening ceremonies by throwing a skeptical look to the cameras — celebrated as epic side-eye by many on Twitter — as US Vice President Mike Pence cheered.

She also came to support and cheer the Korean team under a unified flag.

Despite Kim Jong Un is known for threatening nuclear war, reportedly ordering the murder of his half-brother, and running what Human Rights Watch calls “one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world”, his sister played a role of soft and cheerful figure at the Olympics, promoting Korean unification.

 

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