Following her unexpected visit to Russia last month, Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, was dubbed “the most dangerous woman in the world” by a North Korean analyst.
The analyst claims that despite her youth, she is a lady who undoubtedly lends a softer picture to the brutal, chauvinistic, and male-dominated façade of her country.
I argue that Kim Yo Jong today is indeed the most dangerous woman in the world in all of Korean history, perhaps world history.Sung-Yoon Lee, the analyst, a lecturer at the Fletcher School at Tufts University said.
Kim Yo Jong made her first appearance in front of the public in 2011 alongside her father, Kim Jong Il, but she didn’t really get much notoriety until the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She afterwards went with her brother to a landmark summit with Moon Jae-in of South Korea.
“The Sister,” written by Lee, follows Yo Jong’s ascent to power as the “de-facto deputy” to the supreme ruler of the hermit kingdom. In her book, South Korean researcher Sung-Yoon Lee deftly portrays the younger Kim’s role as the regime’s de facto deputy leader and charts her ascent to prominence inside the North Korean system. It’s time to take a closer look at Kim Yo Jong because she seems to be in a good position to govern a nuclear-armed state one day.
The first woman to lead North Korea, which has developed its nuclear arsenal despite the majority of the population living in poverty, would be Kim Yo Jong. Even though unconfirmed rumours and media reports stated Kim Jong Un was in a vegetative state following heart surgery, Seoul consistently denied that his health was in grave danger.
According to Kim Yo Jong’s reputation, she would rule North Korea just like her brother, being the third member of their family to hold the position. She blasted South Korea’s presidential Blue House for requesting North Korea to stop conducting nuclear weapons tests in an effort to reduce regional tensions in a rare public remark made this past March.
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Lee suggested that North Korea could use Kim Yo Jong as a weapon by sending her to meetings with the president or at the UN, which would put those institutions in the awkward position of either accepting her or coming off as “petulant” because she is a woman, further solidifying her position of authority.