Kim Jong Un’s sister, who has disappeared from public opinion, may have been purged by the paranoid and vindictive North Korean despot amid reports that she is his “de facto second command,” according to a report.
South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported that the 32-year-old sister of leader Kim Yo-Jong – who has not been seen since July 27 – could hide to compensate for speculation that he had given her some power.
But speculation is mounting that the dictator, known for executing his rivals, has offended her growing public profile as rumors circulated that he was seriously ill, the Sun reported.
Images surfaced last week showing the lone tyrant chairing meetings and inspecting typhoon-ravaged fields near Pyongyang.
North Korean expert Professor Nam Sun-wok told Chosun Ilbo that Kim Yo-Yong’s growing profile could actually be her destruction, according to the Sun.
“In the past, everyone was deprived of their position the moment they were described as the number two person in the North,” said the professor at the Korean University.
“There has to be a semblance of control and balance, even though Kim Yo-Yong is a member of the family,” he said, adding that it remains possible for her to decide to sit in the back seat on her own.
Kim Yo-Yong was last seen standing next to her brother last month as he handed out commemorative pistols to military leaders on the 67th anniversary of the Korean ceasefire.