Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, has vanished from public view in what could be another sign that she’s taken more control in the regime, an expert said.
The North Korean despot’s sister, who not been spotted since July 27, may be lying low to offset speculation that he ceded some of his authority to her, the South Korean outlet Chosun Ilbo reported.
“In the past, anyone was deprived of their position the moment they were described as the No. 2 person in the North,” Korea University Professor Nam Sung-wook told the newspaper.
“There must be a semblance of checks and balances, although Kim Yo Jong is a family member.”
She was last seen when she stood beside the Hermit Kingdom honcho last month as he gave commemorative pistols to military leaders on the 67th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.
But she didn’t appear in state-sanctioned photos released Tuesday of Kim at a high-level meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for a typhoon.
Experts have said these absences are unusual, but could be explained by her attending to other business, the outlet reported.