The National Intelligence Service said Despot’s sister now serves as his “de-facto-in-command-in-command”, although she has not been named his successor.
“Kim Yo Jong, director of the first sub-department of the Workers’ Party Central Committee, is handling overall state affairs on a delegation basis,” the agency was told in a closed-door briefing to South Korean lawmakers, Yonhap News Agency . Reported.
The intelligence agency said that his reign in the power shift (Kim’s) was likely to relieve tensions and absolve him in the event of policy failure.
He added, “Chairman Kim Jong Un still retains his full authority, but very few have been assigned to it.”
Yonhap reported that Pak Pong Joo, vice chairman and new head of the state affairs commission, Kim Tok Hoon, took power to control the economic zone.
Kim Yo Jong gained widespread recognition ahead of his brother’s 2019 summit with President Trump in Vietnam when his efforts to ensure everything was well-attended, during his trip to his brother at a train station Holding an ashtray, Reuters reported.
In July, he offered personal views on diplomacy with Washington in an unusual statement in the state media, stating that his brother had given him special permission to watch recordings of Independence Day celebrations in the US.
When speculation about Kim Jong Un’s health began in April, his sister was considered a possible replacement to handle the family dynasty until one of the autocratic children was old enough.
According to NK News, a Seoul-based website tracking North Korea, Kim Yo Jong has been absent from several recent high-level meetings, including a gathering of the ruling Workers’ Party on Wednesday.
During Wednesday’s session, Kim Jong Un admitted that US-led sanctions, the coronavirus epidemic and devastating floods have hurt his country’s battered economy.
His ruling party held a rare congress in January to set development goals for the next five years.
With post wires