June 25, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tells party: I’m promoting my younger sister (Skynews)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tells party: I’m promoting my younger sister (Skynews)

The 33-year-old told the party’s Central Committee that Kim Yo Jong, 28, would become an alternate member of the politburo, the country’s top decision-making body of which Mr Kim is president.

 His sister’s promotion “shows that her portfolio and writ is far more substantive than previously believed”, said Michael Madden, a North Korea expert at Johns Hopkins University’s 38 North website.

He called the move a “further consolidation of the Kim family’s power”.

Ms Kim was one of several North Korean officials blacklisted by the US Treasury in January over “severe human rights abuses”. Read more

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