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North Korea leader’s sister to visit South for Olympics

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The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, which are being held in the South, ministers in Seoul say.

Kim Yo-jong, a senior Workers’ Party official promoted to the politburo last year, will be the first immediate Kim family member to cross the border.

Both Koreas will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.

The North’s participation has been seen as a thawing of bilateral ties.

e accused the North of using the Games for propaganda purposes.

Who is Kim Yo-jong?

Believed to have been born in 1987, she is the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il and is Kim Jong-un’s full sister. She is about four years younger than her brother and is said to be very close to him.

She is reportedly married to the son of Choe Ryong-hae, the powerful party secretary.

Kim Yo-jong has been in the spotlight sporadically in recent years, with her main job being to protect her brother’s image via her role in the party’s propaganda department.

She remains blacklisted by the US over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea.

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