Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un's Sister Appears In Public After 52 Days

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un's Sister Appears In Public After 52 Days

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a prominent official in her own right, reappeared in state media coverage released on Tuesday following an over-month-long absence.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said the performers showed "beautiful and graceful rhythmic movements, high-spirited gymnastics, interesting national emotion and rich artistic depiction".

Tens of thousands of performers in Pyongyang took part in the first of North Korea's spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda displays for 2019, but the show left leader Kim Jong Un unimpressed.

KCNA made no mention of Kim Hyok Chol, North Korea's special envoy to the United States who the Chosun Ilbo said had been executed by firing squad for "betraying the supreme leader" after he was "won over to the US" during pre-summit negotiations.

North Korea's nuclear envoy, who a South Korean newspaper said last week had been executed, is alive but in custody and under investigation for his role in a failed summit with the United States, CNN reported on Tuesday. The mass games events were once routine in North Korea but were on hiatus for several years during the mourning for Kim's father and only returned last year.

She was also not present for a meeting between Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin later in April.

The fate of Kim Hyok-chol had not been determined, but he could still face "heavy punishment", the source added.

CNN reported earlier today that Kim Hyok-chol is alive and in state custody, in contrast to Chosun Ilbo's report that he was executed.

The Trumps arrive at Buckingham Palace, meet the Queen
The youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was clicked running around in the garden with a twig in his hand. Last night was the first time Kate had donned the sash, which is to be worn at formal occasions such as stater dinners.

"Noting that the creators and artists in the literature and art sector have a very important duty in socialist cultural construction, he set forth important tasks for correctly implementing the revolutionary policy of our Party on literature and art", it said.

She had accompanied him to his summits with USA president Donald Trump and South Korean president Moon Jae-in and had joined other dignitaries in the stands at last year's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

But rumors swirled after she was absent at a number of political events from April onward, fueling speculation that she may have been demoted or asked to stay out of the public eye after the collapse of the second summit between Kim and Trump in February.

South Korea's government and media have a mixed record on tracking developments among North Korea's ruling elite, made hard by Pyongyang's stringent control of information about them.

Guinness World Records lists a 2007 performance of a previous version of the Mass Games, known as Arirang, as the world's largest gymnastic display, with 100,090 participants.

The 2018 show was the first time Pyongyang had staged the Mass Games in five years, a period in which it conducted four nuclear tests along with multiple long-range missile launches.

He said Seoul is monitoring related situations closely and making steady preparations so it does not miss the opportunity to realize a peace economy on the Korean Peninsula, resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and bring lasting peace to the region.

"I think both the governments of the South Korea and the United States believe that it is important for us to have a comprehensive agreement but a gradual implementation process", Kim Yeon-chul said.

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