Kim Jong-un’s youngest sister, Kim Yo-jong, is set to replace her brother as Supreme Leader of North Korea after reports of his death surfaced in Hong Kong and surrounding regions, Your Content has learned.
“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%,” said analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea. “North Korea is like a dynasty, and we can view the Paektu descent as royal blood so it’s unlikely for anyone to raise any issue over Kim Yo Jong taking power.”
We broke the story … the 36-year-old Supreme Leader died sometime Saturday due to complications following a cardiovascular surgery gone south.
The 31-year-old is married to Choe Song. The two graduated from Kim Il-sung Military University and Kim Il-sung University before getting married in January 2015. Song is the son of government official Choe Ryong-hae.
Kim Yo-jong was expecting a child in May 2015. The father, not identified, is thought to be a fellow alumnus of Kim Il-sung university and either an official at Room 39 of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) or working at a military unit responsible for guarding the country’s leader.
The youngest daughter of former supreme leader Kim Jong-il, she was an alternate member of the Politburo and vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
“I think the basic assumption would be that maybe it would be someone in the family” to replace Kim Jong Un, US national security adviser Robert O’Brien told reporters Tuesday. “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.”
“The news of the death of Kim Jong-un, North Korea, broke the whole country. Except for Kim Yong-un palaces, electricity was cut in the whole country,” said Maureen Moore. “The country fell into darkness to express sadness.”
Kim Jong-un was a North Korean politician who has been the Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011, First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea between 2012 and 2016, and Party Chairman since 2016. He is the second child of Kim Jong-il, who was North Korea’s second leader from 1994 to 2011, and Ko Yong-hui.