Kim Yo-Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been given more responsibilities in government, according to a South Korean spy agency.
Kim Jong Un still retains “absolute authority,” but has passed various policies to others to reduce stress, the spy agency said.
Kim Yo-Jong now “manages the general affairs of the state,” the National Intelligence Service added.
However, South Korea’s spy agency has made mistakes in the past against North Korea.
It is reported that the claims were made during a closed briefing on August 20 in the National Assembly of South Korea.
Lawmakers then discussed the assessment with journalists.
The agency is quoted as follows: “Kim Jong Un still retains his absolute authority, but some of them are being passed on little by little.”
Kim Yo-chon is now responsible for Pyongyang’s policy toward the United States and South Korea, among other policy issues, and is the “de facto leader number two,” he added, though he stressed that Kim Jong Un “did not choose a successor.”
The DPRK leader’s decision on the delegation was in part to “relieve stress from his rule and absolve him of guilt in the event of a policy failure,” the statement said.
However, some analysts are skeptical of the intelligence that the site has NKNews noting that Kim Yo-Chon missed two important meetings this month, leading some observers to speculate that she may have been downgraded.
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Kim Jong Un is Kim Jong Un’s younger sister and the only one of his siblings who is considered a close and powerful ally.
Born in 1987, she is four years younger than Kim Jong Un. They both lived and studied in Bern, Switzerland.
Kim Yo-Jeong first attracted international attention in 2018 when she was the first representative of the Kim dynasty to visit South Korea.
She was part of the delegation at the Winter Olympics, where North and South competed as a joint team.
Kim Yo-Jong also worked with his brother on international summits, including during meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, China’s Xi Jinping and Donald Trump.