Who is Kim Yo Jong? Will she succeed Kim Jong-un if he’s confirmed dead?

According to Forbes, she’s in her early 30s, she went to school in Switzerland and has long been her brother’s closest confidante and adviser. She was there for both Trump-Kim summits and even represented North Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Newsweek reports Kim Yo Jong’s current title is vice-department director of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee. Basically, she’s responsible for overseeing North Korean propaganda.

“Among the North’s power elite, Kim Yo Jong has the highest chance to inherit power, and I think that possibility is more than 90 percent,” Cheong Seong-Chang from the Sejong Institute in South Korea told the Associated Press.

Reuters reports Kim Yo Jong has “firm control of key party functions.”

She’s been “groomed for years to serve as a regent” for Kim Jong Un if he dies or gets incapacitated while waiting for his son — who is around 10 years old — to assume power, according to The Daily Beast.

FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean Leader, walks ahead of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Koran leader Kim Jong Un, right, arrive at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. In her first known official statement Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Kim’s younger sister leveled diatribes and insults against rival South Korea for protesting her country’s latest live-fire exercises.(Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP, File)

Americans in charge of predicting the outcome appear to agree.

“I think the basic assumption would be that maybe it would be someone in the family,” U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien told the AP.

“But again, it’s too early to talk about that because we just don’t know, you know, what condition Chairman Kim is in and we’ll have to see how it plays out.”


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