Kim Jong-un promotes his younger sister to North Korea’s top government body

Tubby tyrant Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister Kim Yo-jong to North Korea's top government body.

North Korea's Supreme Leader made the 34-year-old a member of the State Affairs Commission (SAC), which he heads, according to the country's state-run news outlet KCNA.

The commission is "the supreme policy-oriented leadership body of State power," according to the country's 2016 amendment to its constitution.

Last year, South Korea's National Intelligence Service dubbed Yo Jong the country's "de facto second in command" and her elevation to the core committee of decision makers, her highest ever position, appears to confirm this.

This comes after the same agency informed law makers that she had been put in charge of relations with the South and the United States.

Yo-jong was promoted from her position as North Korea's chief propagandist as a vice department director in the ruling party.

“Kim Jong-un has raised Kim Yo-jong’s status,” said Shin Beom-chul, a researcher at the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy, in a chat with Punch.

The move is also likely to heighten speculation that she could be a long-shot candidate to succeed her brother in the event that he dies, with the dictator's health often a topic of discussion on the world stage.

While her official status has often been unclear, Yo Jong has been mooted as one of her brother's closest confidants and headed her country's delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

There, she met with South Korean President Moon Jae-In and is credited with helping lay the groundwork for the first summit between Moon and her brother.

She was also by her brother's side in Singapore when he met then-US President Donald Trump.

Seven others were promoted alongside Yo Jong as part of a reshuffle of the State Affairs Commission.

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