This coverage, NK Pro analyst Minyoung Lee said, “appears to suggest that Kim Yo Jong may have lost her politburo alternate member title but may retain her position as first vice director of the party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department.”
While Kim was in attendance at last week’s enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau, Lee added: “if she lost that title, it probably happened during the personnel shuffles during the party plenum, i.e. it happened after she showed up to attend the plenum.”
Last Thursday’s meeting of the SPA also saw a number of prominent promotions and demotions among the North Korean leadership, including the promotion of Choe Ryong Hae to the position of President of the Presidium of the SPA.
Kim Yo Jong was one of North Korea’s most prominent officials in 2018, traveling to South Korea to attend the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and delivering news of Kim Jong Un’s intention to hold a third inter-Korean summit.
She later became a prominent official at her brother’s historic Singapore meeting in June with U.S. President Donald Trump, at a fifth inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang in September, and during the second DPRK-U.S. summit Hanoi in February.
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