Opinion: The transformation of Kim Jong Un’s sister

Opinion: The transformation of Kim Jong Un’s sister

Opinion.
the transformation of Kim Jong-un’s sister.
also explains why Kim Jong-un’s sister
is the most dangerous woman in the world.
CNN When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sat down
to sign the guest book at the Space Center last week as part of his momentous meeting
with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
a young woman casually leaned over his shoulder to
read the message.
Among the assortment of mostly male officials steeply clustered around
the world leaders.
she immediately stood out.
The woman was Kim Yo-jong’s younger sister
of the North Korean leader and one of the country’s most important political advisors.
Since stepping into the international spotlight in 2018 with a history-making visit to the
Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
South Korea.
the first member of her family since the end
of the Korean War to set foot in the South.
she has become a key mouthpiece of the regime.
Kim Jong-un’s sister stands alongside the North Korean leader at the Bostochny Cosmodrome
in the Amur region.
Russia.
on September 13.
2023.
And one with a sharp tongue.
as Sung-yoon Lee.
a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
writes in his new book.
The Sister.
Kim Yo-jong is her nation’s chief censor.
spokewoman.
mocker.
threat.
and malice dispenser.
CNN Opinion interviewed Sung-yoon Lee about Kim
Yo-jong’s remarkable rise in North Korea’s highly patriarchal society and how much power she really
Wheels beyond the tough talk.
The views expressed here are his own.
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Of all the members of the Kim dynasty.
why did you choose to focus on Kim Yo-jong in your book?
Kim Yo-jong is the first preeminent and powerful female figure to emerge
in the brutish.
male-dominated political landscape of North Korea ruled by the Kim family for 75
years.
Since 2020.
she has governed as the de facto No.
2 royal in the dynasty.
second only to her brother Kim Jong-un.
Young.
photogenic.
smart.
and ascetic.
Ms.
Kim appears to exercise real power with a pertuberative.
vulgar twist.
She is prone to
making threats of nuclear strikes against the South and is undoubtedly the most powerful woman
in North Korea today.
What do we know about Kim Yo-jong’s early life and her relationship with her
brother.
Sung-il Lee?
The youngest of the seven children fathered by Kim Jong-il.
the previous
supreme leader.
she has been doted on by her parents from birth.
Both mom and dad reportedly
called her sweet princess and dad had her sit next to him at every family meal.
according to a former
chef for the family.
She spent four years of her childhood.
from about 9 to 13.
living with
her two brothers in Switzerland.
Kim Jong-un and Kim Jong-chol.
during which time she formed a
close bond with Jong-un.
the future leader.
In North Korea video footage.
the Kim siblings are
often smiling at each other as if they are reaffirming their bond.
Even during her brother’s
formal event.
she insouciantly tends to her own interests in the background.
while all other
senior officials stand as deep attention before her brother.
Clearly.
she occupies the unique
position in her nation’s hierarchy.
How did the Kim dynasty get started?
In the Kim dynasty’s official history.
Kim Il-sung.
state founder and Kim siblings’
grandfather.
virtually single-handedly liberated the Kim’s Korean nation from Japanese colonial
rule in 1945.
How?
By fighting a war of independence from the foothills of Mount Paektu.
a majestic mountain that stadiums the North’s border with China and.
in Korean mythology.
is the cradle of the ethnic Korean nation.
It’s a widely exaggerated claim for Kim Il-sung was
but a junior official in the Soviet army who opened Japan’s surrender mainly thanks to the U.S.
was defutized by Stalin to be a leader of the Communist North.
North Korea has politically
appropriated this mythology into the Kim dynasty’s very source of legitimacy.
That is woven
a fictitious narrative that Kim Il-sung is the savior and his progeny are also endowed
with such supernatural powers.
In 2018.
Kim Yo-jong attended South Korea’s Winter Olympics
with the message of peace.
How has her language changed since then?
Having charmed much of South Korea as the debutant on the international stage of the
PyeongChang Winter Games in February 2018.
she has undergone a character metamorphosis.
that is.
she has dramatically turned herself from a haughty but not discouraging princess
from PyeongChang to the sometimes foul.
maulty leader of the brutal medieval-style
absolute monarchy that is her dynasty.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in
shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong’s middle North Korea leader Kim Jong-un’s sister in 2018.
She has ridiculed Seoul’s presidential office.
variously likening it to the frightened dog
barking or idiots who perished the U.S.
and called George Biden
Senile.
These contrasts and near-absolute power she appears to wield make her a fascinating
contemporary political figure.
Is she or talk?
What are some examples of the power she wields?
Song Yu-ri.
And June 2020.
she issued a written statement calling on South Korea to pass a new
law that criminalizes the sending of leaflets.
money.
medicine.
toothpaste.
etc.
across the
border into the North for decades defectors and other human rights activists have sent
materials north.
usually by balloons.
Hours after Ms.
Kim’s directive.
the South said it would
comply.
The new law was passed that December in the face of mounting criticism from civic groups
within the South and international bodies.
including the United Nations.
Lord David Artin.
a senior member of the British Parliament.
called the South’s new
restoration a gag law.
yet the then South Korean administration enjoyed a super-majority in its
parliament that passed ahead.
It is the first successful case of the North extending its
stifling censorship across the border into the South.
a feat that even Ms.
Kim’s grandfather.
father.
or brother could not accomplish.
That June.
she also threatened to blow up the
North-South Joint Liaison Office located just north of the inter-Korean border and built entirely
with South Korean funds.
Days later.
it was demolished.
I write about both episodes
at length in the book.
CNN.
it is so hard to gather information on the family.
How did you
go about researching your book?
Lee’s daughter.
I’ve studied and thought about North Korea for 20 years.
I’ve read virtually everything that has been published about Kim Yo-jong and her family in
Korea.
including North Korean sources.
Chinese and English.
I’ve watched hundreds of hours of
North Korean footage and read thousands of North Korean articles and statements in writing this
book.
I’ve interviewed folks who have met Kim Yo-jong and also former senior North Korean
officials who have defected.
CNN.
what might the future hold for Kim Yo-jong?
Does the power
inevitably shift to the next generation after her brother.
Sung-Yoo Lee?
By convention.
the power should shift to one of Kim Jong-un’s children instead of his sibling.
But Kim Yo Jong
as the boldly assertive sister of the Supreme Leader is a novelty.
What lies in her future?
Will she ever assume the top leadership?
It is a question to which there cannot be a firm answer.
but it is not entirely unreasonable one either.
Memories of the wasteful.
nipping winter of 2013
when the Kim siblings had their uncle Jang Seok-taek favorably humiliated and killed
underline the ruthlessness of the regime.
Here the dynasty.
after all.
is the strangest on earth.

 

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