December 05, 2020

What the re-emergence of Kim Yong Chol could mean for North Korean policymaking

Given the hardline official's past provocations, putting him back in play offers hints at Kim Jong Un's thinking

The increasing prominence of “first sister” Kim Yo Jong in recent months has rightly seized the attention of the world, particularly amid Kim Jong Un’s reduced public appearances.

The focus on Kim Yo Jong as a potential successor to her brother, however, has overshadowed another interesting—and far more ominous—development in Pyongyang. We should be paying just as much attention to the re-emergence of Workers' Party of Korea Vice Chairman, and retired general, Kim Yong Chol.