(From Korea Times)
By Kim Hyo-jin
Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, will emerge as a central figure in the regime’s leadership during its ruling Workers’ Party Congress, North Korea observers said Thursday.
Kim is expected to be promoted to either a department director or a secretary of the ruling party, equal to a ministerial post in South Korea.
The 28-year-old is now identified as the vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department. Kim may assume the top position at the department, Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, said.
The organization orchestrates propagandist publications and activities, acting as the mouthpiece for the North Korean regime. It is on the list of the sanctioned institutions by the Obama administration.
“Kim is deemed a reliable person by the young leader. She has been recognized as a capable official over the past four years so may be allowed to assume a position with larger responsibility,” Yang said. Read more