Kim Yo-jong revealed pregnancy during Seoul trip: reports

Kim Yo-jong shakes hands with Moon Jae-in
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Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is pregnant with her second child and revealed this to South Korean officials during her visit to Seoul earlier this month, local media reported Tuesday.

According to reports citing unnamed sources, Kim told Seoul's officials that she was with her second child during her visit to the South between Feb. 9 and 11.

Kim, who came as Kim Jong-un's special envoy, appeared to be experiencing some discomfort during the visit, prompting speculation that she may be pregnant.

During her visit, accompanied by the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam, Kim Yo-jong invited President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang on behalf of her brother.

N Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's sister Kim Yo-Jong sets foot in S Korea for the first time

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister landed in the South Friday, the first member of Pyongyang’s ruling dynasty to set foot in its rival since the Korean War.
  • Their white Ilyushin-62 jet, marked in Korean script “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”, the North’s official name, and its tailfin emblazoned with a Northern emblem, touched down at Incheon airport near Seoul.
  • Kim Yo Jong was part of a high-level diplomatic delegation led by the North’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam – its highest-level official ever to go to the South – as the Winter Olympics trigger a diplomatic rapprochement between the rivals.
  • Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong, both of them in dark coats with fur collars, were met by the South’s unification minister and other officials.
  • But all eyes are on Yo Jong – a key member of the Kim dynasty that has ruled the impoverished, isolated nation with an iron fist and pervasive personality cult through three generations.
  • The North Korean leader's increasingly influential sister has become one of his closest confidantes in a country where power has always been a family affair.
  • Believed to be aged 30, Yo Jong is one of three children born to Kim’s predecessor Kim Jong Il and his third known partner, former dancer Ko Yong Hui, making her a full sister of Kim Jong Un – and like him, she was educated in Switzerland.
  • Her existence was barely known to the wider world until their father’s funeral, when she was seen standing right behind her brother on state television, looking tearful and ashen-faced.
  • But she was rapidly ushered up the ladder after Kim Jong Un took the helm and is now one of the most powerful women in the isolated regime.
  • Her brother is grooming her for higher authority, analysts say, and she will make her debut on the international diplomatic stage Friday as part of the North’s diplomatic delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
  • Dovish South Korean President Moon Jae In, who advocates dialogue with the North to ease tensions, is due to have lunch with Yo Jong and other delegates on Saturday – when analysts expect her to deliver a personal message from her brother.

The revelation that it was her second pregnancy, allegedly made by Kim herself, would also confirm rumours that she had already given birth to a child.

It was rumored that she had given birth to her first child some time in 2015.

An anonymous government official was also quoted as saying that the fact that Kim Jong-un sent his pregnant sister to the South shows the urgency with which Pyongyang is seeking relief from international sanctions.

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