Like most members of the Kim clan, little is definitively known about Kim Yo Jong beyond her official rank. According to NK Leadership Watch, she is a close aide of her brother's "and since his accession manages his public events, itineraries and logistical needs, among other tasks."She was promoted to the country's Politburo as an alternate member in October.
Born September 26, 1987, Kim Yo Jong studied in Switzerland like her brother and is believed to have attended Kim Il Sung University and a western European school for her higher education.Her position is such that, according to a Seoul-based think tank run by North Korean defectors, Kim Yo Jong briefly took charge of the country while her brother was reportedly ill with gout or diabetes in late 2014.
Kim's presence, alongside Kim Yong Nam (no relation), one of North Korea's top politicians, will raise hopes for a potential breakthrough in relations with the US.This week, Vice President Mike Pence suggested he would be open to meeting North Korean politicians on the sidelines of the Olympics, saying President Donald Trump "always believes in talking."Pence is leading the US delegation to the Winter Olympics, which officially opens Friday. He added that the isolated nation could join the "enter the family of nations" if it abandoned its nuclear ambitions.
"North Korea can have a better future than the militaristic path, the path of provocation and confrontation that it's on. Better for its own people, better for the region, and better for peace."His openness to dialogue is in sharp contrast to his original intention of coming to the Olympics to deride any notion of normalising North Korea's relationships with the outside world.As part of that, he is taking the father of the late Otto Warmbier, an American student who was jailed in North Korea, to the Opening Ceremony.