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Meet North Korea's most powerful woman, Kim Yo Jong: Kim Jong Un's 30-ish sister who may have just been demoted

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  Kim Jong Un's younger sister and right-hand-woman, Kim Yo Jong, is a mysterious figure
  whose life has piqued international curiosity.
  
  The believed-to-be 30-year-old was last seen accompanying her
  brother to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a second summit with President
    Donald Trump in February.
  
  She has rapidly become North Korea's most powerful woman, who
  is frequently seen side-by-side with her brother and plays a key
  role in his administration.
  
  But NK News reported this week she may have been kicked out
  of North Korea's top decision-making body, suggesting a fall from
    favor.
  

  As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sought to raise his
  international standing, a figure seen by his side almost
  constantly during his meetings with world leaders is none other
  than his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong.

  During last year's summit between the United States and North
  Korea, Kim Yo Jong was front and center during the historic show
  of diplomacy with President Donald Trump.

  She played a similar role in February for a second summit between
  Kim Jong Un and Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam. She was even spotted holding a crystal
  ashtray as her brother took an early morning smoke break.

  It's not the first time Kim Yo Jong has made headlines - she
  traveled to South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympics in
  February, becoming the first member of North Korea's
  ruling family to visit the south since the Korean War in the
  1950s.

  But now, she may have been kicked out of North Korea's
  high-profile ruling politburo, 
  NK News reported this week, suggesting a fall from favor.

  Like her brother, and much of the rest of their family, few
  details are known about Kim Yo Jong and the life she lived before
  reaching a prime leadership role in the North Korean government.

  Here's what we know about her so far.

  • Kim Jong Un's younger sister and right-hand-woman, Kim Yo Jong, is a mysterious figure whose life has piqued international curiosity.
  • The believed-to-be 30-year-old was last seen accompanying her brother to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a second summit with President Donald Trump in February.
  • She has rapidly become North Korea's most powerful woman, who is frequently seen side-by-side with her brother and plays a key role in his administration.
  • But NK News reported this week she may have been kicked out of North Korea's top decision-making body, suggesting a fall from favor.

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sought to raise his international standing, a figure seen by his side almost constantly during his meetings with world leaders is none other than his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong.

During last year's summit between the United States and North Korea, Kim Yo Jong was front and center during the historic show of diplomacy with President Donald Trump.

She played a similar role in February for a second summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam. She was even spotted holding a crystal ashtray as her brother took an early morning smoke break.

It's not the first time Kim Yo Jong has made headlines - she traveled to South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympics in February, becoming the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the south since the Korean War in the 1950s.

But now, she may have been kicked out of North Korea's high-profile ruling politburo, NK News reported this week, suggesting a fall from favor.

Like her brother, and much of the rest of their family, few details are known about Kim Yo Jong and the life she lived before reaching a prime leadership role in the North Korean government.

Here's what we know about her so far.

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