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Observers speculate on Kim Yo-jong's elevated status within N. Korean regime following statement release Updated: 2020-03-23 10:10:57 KST


It looks like Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has achieved elevated status within the regime.
She released her second official statement on Sunday, disclosing that U.S. President Donald Trump sent Kim Jong-un a letter, expressing Washington's intention to cooperate with Pyeongyang to fight the coronavirus.
Kim Yo-jong said President Trump's letter signaled the exceptional friendship between the two leaders, but added whether relations between the two countries live up to the personal ties between Kim and Trump remains to be seen.
This could be a sign that she's aggressively weighing in on Pyeongyang-Washington relations as well as the inter-Korean agenda.
Observers speculate the two leaders could be preparing to meet sometime in the future.

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"The statement implies the regime's intent to maintain friendly ties with the U.S. It could also be getting ready as there's the possibility President Trump will be re-elected."

However, Kim Yo-jong pointed out that President Trump's letter came at a time when big difficulties and challenges stand in the way of developing bilateral ties, in possible reference to U.S. sanctions on the regime.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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