South Korea cautious about change in political status of Kim Jong-un’s sister
South Korea’s Unification Ministry reacted cautiously on Monday to reports of a possible change in the stature of Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, days after she was seen alongside members of the powerful political bureau of the ruling party in Pyongyang at a commemorative event.
Kim Yo-jong, ap was spotted between members and alternate members of the Politburo at a memorial event for her father and the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang on December 17, indicating that she could have been appointed member or alternate member of the organ, according to images broadcast by northern state media.
She did, however, appear fifth in a large group that included her brother, in the front row, and senior officials while paying homage to her father at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where his body rests undamaged, on the same day. , reports the Yonhap news agency.
Kim Yo-jong was previously a deputy politburo, but was demoted at a party convention in January. His currently known post is that of a member of the State Affairs Commission and of the party’s central committee, and of the deputy director of the party’s information and education department.
Lee Jong-joo, spokesperson for the Unification Ministry, said it was premature to conclude that Kim Yo-jong has been officially promoted.
“It is difficult to conclude at this point if there has been a change in her status as she is seen in various positions at major events,” Lee said during a press briefing.
“We will continue to monitor related movements, including the party plenary meeting scheduled for late December.”
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