North Korea "power struggle" seen among Kim Jong Un's sister, wife, child (

Ex-North Korean diplomat Ko Young Hwan outlined to Newsweek apparent rivalries among the country’s leading women and a potential aid-for-human rights agreement.

Ko told Newsweek that he remains in contact with those still living in North Korea and he presents an elusive insight into the current state of the country, from its foreign policy to the succession of its three-generation leadership.

He took particular note of the introduction to the world last November of Kim Jong Un’s daughter, believed to be named Kim Ju Ae, at a launch site of the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile. Prior to that moment, the only evidence of her existence outside of intelligence reports was a first-person account by former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman following his 2013 trip to North Korea. But a decade later she has emerged as an increasingly important component of her father’s public messaging.



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  1. An interesting development is taking place. Quoting from the article:

    “Kim Ju Ae’s rise to “most beloved” daughter has come in the wake of two other North Korean women ascending to the spotlight. Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, has climbed the ranks to vice director of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party Propaganda and Agitation Department under his rule, and Kim Jong Un also broke precedent in formally introducing his wife, Ri Sol Ju, to the public shortly after taking power.

    The prominence of Kim Jong Un’s sister at the forefront of international exchanges has garnered significant attention inside and outside of North Korea. But Ko said that, “after the introduction of Kim Ju Ae, Kim Yo Jong is sidelined,” leading to potential tensions among contenders for the future of the number one seat.”

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