Highlights

  • Kim Yo Jong promoted to a position on State Affairs Commission
  • Jong has been by brother Kim's side at high-profile summits
  • Jong is the youngest and only woman member of the commission

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Kim Yo Jong has often been seen in close proximity to her brother, Kim Jong Un, including at his summits with then-US president Donald Trump and the South's leader Moon Jae-in.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister has been appointed to the country's top government body, the official KCNA news agency reported on Thursday.

Kim Yo Jong, a key adviser to her brother, was promoted to a position on the State Affairs Commission.

She has often been seen in close proximity to her brother, including at his summits with then-US president Donald Trump and the South's leader Moon Jae-in.

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In a raft of changes approved by the Supreme People's Assembly, at least nine members of the State Affairs Commission were dismissed, including one of its vice-presidents, Pak Pong Ju, and diplomat Choe Son Hui, who played a key role in negotiations with the United States.

Kim Yo Jong is now the youngest and the only woman member of the commission.

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