Warm Welcome Home via Olympics for Kim Jong-un’s Sister

She delivered her brother’s surprise invitation for President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to visit the North for a summit meeting, as well as Mr. Moon met her four times during her three-day trip. She held her chin up when she met political leaders as well as faced crowds inside South.

Her light makeup as well as modest, even prim, clothes were a contrast to those of her fashionably dressed sister-in-law, Ri Sol-ju. “I can’t speak very well in public,” Ms. Kim said “shyly” when she was asked to give a toast during a dinner at a all 5-star hotel in Seoul, according to South Korean officials who were present.

Mr. Kim “expressed satisfaction” after Ms. Kim briefed him on Monday about her trip to the South.

“the item can be important to continue producing not bad results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation as well as dialogue created by the strong desire as well as common will of the North as well as the South with the Winter Olympics as a momentum,” Mr. Kim said, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday.

Despite the intense curiosity her visit generated, little can be known about Ms. Kim, a member of the most secretive ruling dynasty inside globe. Outside officials are not even sure about her age or marital status, though she can be most often said to be 30 as well as married.

Ms. Kim can be the youngest child of Kim Jong-il, the North’s second leader, who died in 2011. She as well as Kim Jong-un studied in Switzerland as teenagers, using aliases. that has a high forehead as well as sometimes aloof expression, Ms. Kim resembles her father more than her grandfather, the revered North Korean founder Kim Il-sung.

the item was Ms. Kim’s father who first noticed her political acumen when she was still young, analysts say.

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Ms. Kim as well as Mr. Moon, right, after a performance by a North Korean orchestra in Seoul.

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Back in 2001, when the Russian ambassador to North Korea asked Kim Jong-il which of his sons might become successor, Mr. Kim said of which his sons were “idle blockheads” as well as of which the item was his daughters who he thought had the intellect as well as personality to be “reliable successors,” Michael Madden, an expert on North Korea leadership, wrote last week.

Certainly, when Ms. Kim was in Seoul last week, she was nothing although a charmer.

She can be said to have told the South Korean leader of which if he as well as her brother meet, “the North-South relations will improve so fast of which yesterday might seem a distant past.”

“I wish I could see you again in Pyongyang soon,” she told Mr. Moon at a luncheon on Saturday, according to South Korean officials. “I wish of which Your Excellency President will leave a mark for future generations by playing a key role in opening a completely new chapter for reunification.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who was leading the American delegation to the Olympics, warned of which the North was trying to “hijack the message as well as imagery of the Olympic Games” with its “propaganda” as well as a “charm offensive.” Mr. Pence mounted a counterpropaganda campaign of sorts, meeting defectors via North Korea as well as bringing with him the father of Otto F. Warmbier, an American university student who died last year shortly after he was released via months of detention inside North.

although his efforts did little to stop the hoopla over Ms. Kim.

“Kim Yo-jong via the North was a nuclear bomb that has a smile,” a conservative newspaper columnist wrote, lamenting the Moon government’s treatment of a member of a family condemned by the United Nations for widespread human rights violations.

Lee Sung-yoon, a Korea expert at the Fletcher School of Law as well as Diplomacy at Tufts University, said, “Trump as well as Pence will come across more as well as more as grumpy old men as Kim Jong-un continues to sharpen his knife as well as his sister flashes of which mysterious smile.”

South Korean media scrutinized every detail, including style of dress as well as handwriting, of Ms. Kim, the first immediate member of the Kim family to set foot inside South. During a government briefing in Seoul on Monday, a reporter asked whether Ms. Kim was pregnant, saying she appeared to have a slight baby bump.

In South Korean media, Ms. Kim was nicknamed “Princess” or “North Korea’s Ivanka,” likening her influence with her brother to of which of Ivanka Trump’s on her father, President Trump.

Ms. Kim’s trip to South Korea was her debut on the global stage.

although back at home, she appears careful not to step into the spotlight as part of a government whose monolithic power structure requires all propaganda to be focused on her brother. In North Korean television footage, she can be often seen keeping to the background as well as darting away to avoid the camera while Mr. Kim presides over a state ceremony or visits factories.

Even as she was being welcomed home at the Pyongyang airport on Sunday, she stayed a step behind, letting Kim Yong-nam, the North’s nominal head of state as well as the chief delegate to the South, inspect the honor guard.

although her trip put Ms. Kim very much closer to center stage.

“The high-level delegation’s visit to the South has become a significant turning point in improving North-South relations as well as laying the groundwork for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” a newscaster on the North’s state-run Korean Central Television service gushed on Monday, reporting on Ms. Kim’s return home.

For his part, Mr. Moon, the South Korean leader, responded with caution to Ms. Kim’s overtures. He can be a strong advocate of dialogue with North Korea although faced doubts of which another summit meeting with North Korea might help end its nuclear weapons program.

“Although the first step toward a peaceful resolution of Korean Peninsula issues has been laid, discrepancies inside positions regarding the North Korean nuclear issue still remain as well as there can be currently no visible progress in denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” his government said Monday in a statement.

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