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Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's Sister, Weds Son of Official: Report

By    |   Friday, 02 Jan 2015 04:01 PM

Kim Yo Jong, younger sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, has married the son of a top government official.

The Yonhap news agency of South Korea, quoted by Reuters, cited an unnamed source who said, “As far as I know, Kim Yo Jong, deputy director of the Workers' Party, got married to a son of the party secretary Choe Ryong Hae.”

Reuters said another source claimed Kim Yo Jong’s husband is Choe Song, second son of the party secretary.

"Kim Yo Jong was seen wearing what appears to be a wedding ring in a photo released by the reclusive North's official KCNA news agency on Friday," NPR said.

The North Korea Leadership Watch blog said, "Since her brother's accession to the supreme leadership of the DPRK [North Korea], Kim Yo Jong has been routinely observed attending Kim Jong Un's public appearances. She presently works in KJU's executive office where she manages his public appearances — including his itineraries, schedule, logistical needs and security arrangements.”

In November 2014, Time magazine talked about the rise of Kim Yo Jong as a public official in North Korea.

“Her presence at Kim Jong Un's side is rich with symbolism. Her first official public appearance, in March 2014, came not long after the disappearance of her aunt Kim Kyong Hui, who has not been seen since her husband Jang Sung Thaek was executed in late 2013,” Time wrote. “Before the purge, Kim Kyong Hui was a close adviser to Kim Jong Il, holding key jobs in the ruling party and ‘protecting her brother's flank,’ according to Ken Gause, a Korea expert at CNA Corp., a Washington, D.C.–based research firm.”

“She may be one of the only people Kim Jong Un trusts completely,” Michael Madden, founder of the Leadership Watch blog, told Time.

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