North Korea is sending Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The visit marks the first time that a member of the Kim family has visited the country. She’s both a close advisor to Kim Jong Un and a high ranking official in the North Korean government. Here’s everything else we know about her from various reports. Following is a transcript of the video.
The is Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong
North Korea is sending her to the Winter Olympics in South Korea as part of a 280-member mixed delegation.
She’s the first of the family to officially visit South Korea.
Here’s everything we know about her.
She was born in 1987 and is 30 years old.
Her father was Kim Jong Il, and her mother was his mistress, Ko Yong Hui.
She has a older brother named Kim Jong Chul. He is rarely seen in the media
She and Kim Jong Un both studied in Switzerland. Once she returned from Switzerland, she began working for the North Korean government.
She works on propaganda for the Worker’s Party.
She also sits on the rule-making Politburo.
She is considered a “gatekeeper” to Kim Jong Un.
When he was sick in 2014, she reportedly took charge.
Her husband is reportedly the son of Choe Ryong Hae, who is a party secretary and a top Kim Jong Un advisor.
Kim Yo Jong is referred to as “Kim Jong Un’s Ivanka.”
The real Ivanka Trump will also be at the Olympics. As will Vice President Mike Pence.
North Korea is sending 22 athletes to the Olympics. They’re also sending 229 cheerleaders along with 26 taekwondo performers and 21 journalists.
Kim Yo Jong would be one of the highest ranking delegates.
Kim Yo Jong is currently blacklisted by the US for her association with human rights abuses.
So political tensions will likely be high throughout the games.
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