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Posted on 03/30/2014 4:47:22 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
N.K. leader's sister serving as chief of staff: source
Published : 2014-03-30 15:12
Updated : 2014-03-30 15:14
The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been assisting her brother as his chief of staff since last year, a source familiar with North Korean affairs said Sunday.
Kim Yo-jung, 27, was appointed chief secretary of the ruling Workers' Party in the first half of last year, a post equivalent to South Korea's presidential chief of staff, the source said, asking that he not be identified.
The chief secretary does not take part in policy decisions but is in charge of purchasing and providing daily necessities to the leader and his family.
He or she also handles the delivery of official reports from the party, the Cabinet, the powerful National Defense Commission and other key state organizations to the top leader.
Before the younger Kim's promotion, the leader's first chief secretary was Kim Chang-son, who is now known to serve as chief of protocol.
"(Kim Yo-jung) was probably trained as she worked under Kim Chang-son," the source said.
In North Korea's dynastic regime, the powerful job has always been held by a close aide to the leader. Kim Yo-jung is the first family member to hold the post. The move is seen as an attempt by the Kim Jong-un regime to consolidate power following the country's execution of his once-powerful uncle, Jang Song-thaek, last December.
Kim Yo-jung received the media spotlight for accompanying her elder brother when he cast his ballot in the elections for the country's rubber-stamp parliament on March 9.
The younger Kim was listed among senior officials of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, though she was not elected to the one-house legislature, called the Supreme People's Assembly.
(LEAD) N. Korea threatens ‘new form’ of nuclear test
SEOUL, March 30 (Yonhap) — North Korea threatened Sunday to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test in response to a U.N. condemnation of the North's recent ballistic missile launches.
North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, drawing international condemnation for its violation of relevant U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
The Security Council condemned the launches the following day, saying it was considering an “appropriate response”. It stopped short of issuing a formal statement or imposing penalties on the North.
“It (North Korea) would not rule out a new form of nuclear test for bolstering up its nuclear deterrence,” the North's foreign ministry said in an English-language statement carried by state media Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Seoul.
The statement also warned the U.S. against “acting rashly,” saying Washington will bear all responsibility in the event of a “catastrophic” event on the Korean Peninsula.
“It is quite natural for the KPA to make full preparations to cope with the prevailing grave situation as its mission is to protect the security of the country and its people and defend peace,” the statement said, referring to the Korean People's Army of North Korea.
“If the UNSC persistently tries to deny the exercise of the DPRK’s just right by partially citing the unreasonable ‘resolutions’ according to the U.S. scenario, it will end up escalating tensions and sparking conflict only, far from contributing to keeping peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region.”
DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The missile launches came hours after the leaders of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan met on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague, the Netherlands, and urged the communist nation to give up all of its nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
South Korea's defense ministry said the launches appeared to be in protest of international pressure to denuclearize as well as the ongoing joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington, which Pyongyang has long condemned as preparation for a nuclear war against it.
South Korea and the U.S. insist that the annual drills are defensive in nature.
Trying to get a handle on what the sister does...
is it akin to the job responsibilities that Harry Reid’s granddaughter fulfilled?
And his favorite sock puppet is Sec of Defense.
Is this her?
No, that is Kim Yoo-Jung, a 14 year old actress. She's a good actress too.
Being a relative of Kim is a dangerous assignment right there.
I doubt Hairy Reid’s granddaughter orders killings
She better be lock step with the fat pig. If not, she will be another target for a howitzer round.
She just orders “holiday” gifts.
She better not make a mistake. Could be fatal.
Place your bet. Who gets shot first? The sister or the wife?
Is same sister that he exiled
I hear about her she was North Korea version of What happening Dee dee remember her
OH I going tell MAMA
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