June 05, 2020 11:28
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong issued a shrilly worded statement addressed to South Korea on Thursday, her second in three months.
In the statement Kim Yo-jong condemned the South for failing to stop activists from sending propaganda leaflets over the border.
The stony-faced young woman is now believed to be her brother's second-in-command after she was promoted as an alternate member of the politburo in April.
One former Unification Ministry official said she seems to have ben tasked with "maximizing efforts to tame South Korea because she has built up a friendly image among South Koreans through several contacts since 2018."
She was a fixture at practically every inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korea event since the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics paved the way for improved relations.
Kwak Gil-sup, who heads a non-profit called One Korea Center, said, "If Kim Jong-un himself made such critical remarks and they had no effect, it could damage his leadership, so Kim Yo-jong gets to play bad cop instead."
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