Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attends an opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex in Ryomyong street in Pyongyang, North Korea April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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The promotion of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 28-year-old sister to the country's top decision-making body is a sign he is strengthening his position by drawing his most important people closer to the center of power, experts and officials say. Kim Yo Jong was named as an alternate member of the politburo within the ruling Workers' Party of Korea – the opaque, all-powerful party organ where top state affairs are decided, the North's official media said Sunday."As the saying goes 'blood is thicker than water,' Kim Jong Un thinks Kim Yo Jong can be trusted".Unlike her aunt, who was promoted to the politburo in 2012 after serving more than three decades in the party, Kim Yo Jong has risen to power at an unprecedented pace.Two women are on trial for the murder, which South Korean and U.S. officials believe Kim Jong Un's regime was behind.Last year, South Korea's former spy chief said Kim Yo Jong was seen "abusing power," punishing propaganda department executives for "minor mistakes".
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