The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un revealed she is pregnant during her recent visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics.
Kim Yo-Jong was the first the first member of the North’s ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
As stated by local media reports, the 30-year-old told South Korean officials he was pregnant with her second child during her visit, which lasted from February 9-11, the Korea Herald reported.
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Kim Yo-jong shaking hands with the South Korean president Moon Jae-in in the South Korean capital Seoul
Kim Jong-un’s sister was the subject of a large amount of media coverage in the South
Kim Jong-Un’s sister Kim Yo-Jong is seen sitting just feet away from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen during the opening ceremony
Kim, who came as her brother’s special envoy, appeared to be experiencing discomfort during the visit, prompting speculation that she may be pregnant.
An unnamed government official was also quoted as saying Kim Jong-un sending his pregnant sister to the South shows the urgency with which Pyongyang is seeking relief from international sanctions.
Every detail of her visit as the key member of a diplomatic delegation to the South’s Winter Olympics was scrutinised, from the clothes she wore and her facial expression to the bag she was carrying and even her handwriting.
Ms Kim is the the regime’s propaganda chief and an increasingly influential figure in North Korea.
Kim Jong-un has been pictured linking arms with his beaming sister Kim Yo-jong and holding hands with his trusted head of state Kim Yong-nam after their ‘successful’ trip to South Korea
She was accompanied by Kim Yong-nam, North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, and had lunch with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.
She shook hands several times with the President Moon several times over the course of her visit and cheered a unified ice hockey team with him.
Ms Kim also delivered a personal invitation from her brother to attend a summit in North Korea.
She also attended the opening ceremony of the games, sitting just a few feet away from US Vice-President Mike Pence.
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Kim Jong Un’s increasingly influential sister has become one of his closest confidantes in a country where power has always been a family affair.
Kim Yo Jong made history Friday as the first member of the North’s ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
Believed to be aged 30, Yo Jong is one of three children born to Kim Jong Il and his third known partner, former dancer Ko Yong Hui, making her a full sister of Kim Jong-Un.
Right-wing woman: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, seen with his sister Kim Yo Jong who has become an increasingly prominent figure in the country’s leadership
Like her brother, she received her primary educated in Berne, Switzerland in the 90s, and later returned to North Korea to study computer science in Pyongyang.
The siblings’ time together in Europe, during which they attended school under fake identities and were kept in semi-isolation under the protection of guards and party officials, has made them particularly close.
Her existence was barely known to the wider world until their father’s funeral, when she was seen standing right behind her brother on state television, looking tearful and ashen-faced.
But she was rapidly ushered up the ladder after Kim Jong-Un took the helm and she is now one of the most powerful women in the isolated regime.
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‘She is one of a very few people who can talk freely about anything with the leader Kim,’ stated.Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korea Studies in Seoul.
‘She must have far bigger capacity than any other North Korean official when it comes to decision-making and policy coordination with the leader,’ he said, adding she is fluent in English and French.
Yo Jong is currently an alternate member of the political bureau of the party’s powerful central committee, and deeply involved in the party’s propaganda operations – an important role.
She was elected as a member of the Supreme People’s Assembly – the country’s rubberstamp parliament – at the age of just 27.
In December 2014, Yo Jong reportedly married a man named Choe Song, son of Workers’ Party’s party secretary Choe Ryong Hae.
The couple is stated.to have one child, born in 2015.