Kim Yo Jong, North Korea’s “first sister,” is gaining popularity.
North Korea’s “first sister,” Kim Yo Jong, is gaining popularity.
North Korea’s vice foreign minister answered with a refusal when South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently called for an end to the Korean Peninsula war. When the idea of changing the 1953 armistice between the two warring Koreas into an actual peace treaty has been mooted, Pyongyang has always responded with this.
So it came as a surprise when Kim Yo Yong, Kim Jong Un’s sister, wrote an even more enthusiastic letter the next day, calling the plan “admirable.” She did, however, list a few requirements that must be met:
“What needs to disappear are the double-dealing attitudes, irrational bias, bad habits, and confrontational posture of justifying their own conduct while denouncing our rightful exercise of the right to self-defense,” says the author.
This is the type of message one would expect from Kim Jong Un, and it generated a debate in the media among Korea watchers about how much weight the world should place on a statement from his younger sister.
What is Kim Yo Jong’s history?
In 2018, the sister of North Korea’s supreme leader made history by becoming the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit South Korea on official business. She was part of the country’s delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, when the two countries competed together. She met with Moon and posed with US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for photographs. Her image dominated the news in North Korea.
Following what was hailed as her diplomatic triumph at the Winter Olympics, she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and was present at all three face-to-face meetings between her brother and US President Donald Trump.
Kim Yo Jong’s childhood, on the other hand, is mostly unknown, as is her birth date. She is the youngest child of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s marriage to Ko Yong Hui, a Japanese lady who, under Korea’s convoluted “songbun” system, would have been classified a lower caste if Kim Jong Il hadn’t destroyed the official documentation of her origin. Jong Kim, oh my… Nokia News summarizes the article.