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Kim Jong Un’s Sister Takes Bigger Role in Threats to South Korea

  • Kim Yo Jong continues rise after her brother’s disappearance
  • Younger sibling chosen to lead pressure campaign against Seoul
Kim Yo Jong
Kim Yo JongPhotographer: Jorge Silva/Reuters/Bloomberg
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Siblings of North Korean leaders have been more likely to disappear than be extolled on the front pages of state media. That is, until Kim Yo Jong emerged as the face of a new pressure campaign against South Korea.

On Saturday, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister issued an unusual statement saying that it was “high time” to break ties with South Korea. She said that the next action against the “enemy” would come from the army, raising memories of a decade ago, when North Korea shelled a South Korean island, killing four, and was suspected of torpedoing the South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors.