Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seems to have been promoted to a leadership role, according to the Korea National Intelligence Agency (NIS).
Meanwhile, Kim Yong Chol’s position, who was the main negotiator in nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States, seems to have declined after the summit in Hanoi.
In a secret meeting with Korean lawmakers on June 25, NIS said Kim Yo Jong, the second person in the propaganda department of the Korean Labor Party, was seen sitting next to Kim Yong Chol while watching. Performing performances in Pyongyang last week, on the occasion of the visit to Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“She seems to have been promoted to leadership. Her position seems to be higher after adjusting her role,” NIS said, according to MP Lee Hye Hoon.
Kim Yo Jong in Hanoi in February.
It is rumored that Kim Yo Jong was disciplined after the conference between her brother and US President Donald Trump in February in Hanoi, because she did not appear in public for more than two months.
However, Kim Yo Jong returned to the public in early June when attending a collective music and sports performance for propaganda purposes.
NIS said she seems to be on par with Choe Ryong Hae, who is said to hold the No. 2 position in the Korean leadership, and is on par with Ri Su Yong, vice president of the Labor Party. ruling.
“Mr. Choe is definitely a second person,” the South Korean intelligence agency said.
NIS said the Korean Foreign Ministry is clearly playing a leading role in dealing with Pyongyang’s relations with outside, including nuclear negotiations with the US.
Senator Lee said Hyon Song Wol, head of Korea’s Samjiyon music group, is in charge of reception for leader Kim Jong Un, the role of Kim Yo Jong before.