North Korea: Shocking reasons why Kim Jong-un’s sister may never rule secret state exposed

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Since the inception of North Korea in 1948, many have been fascinated by the lack of information about what life is like within the four walls of the notoriously secretive, hermit state. So far three generations of the Kim family have risen to power, all of which have been characterised by brutal executions, elaborate spending while civilians contend with famine and extreme isolation. North Korea has a longstanding history of hiding itself from the rest of the world – much of our knowledge today originates from defectors, satellite imagery and deciphering heavily censored statements from the nation. The recent mystery was the whereabouts of Kim Jong-un after he vanished twice. The absences, up to three weeks at a time, sparked rumours that the leader had undergone heart surgery and some claimed that he was either gravely ill or dead. But the dictator reemerged on May 1 to open a fertiliser factory and after a second disappearing act was photographed as he chaired a meeting about the nation’s nuclear capabilities on Sunday. Prior to reappearances, the belief that Kim Jong-un was dead was only further compounded by his sister Kim Yo-jong making statements on behalf of North Korea – an unprecedented move in the nation’s history. This led many to believe that she may be the future leader of the state, but one expert told Express.co.uk that may be “a step too far” for the nation.  

Rumours that Kim Jong-un had died last month, appeared to be further supported by his sister taking the reins of North Korea’s communication with the outside and no attempts to dispute the claims by officials. 

Chris Mikul, who has spent years studying the hermit state, claimed that in the event of the current leader’s demise it would be unlikely that sibling Kim Yo-jong would take over. 

He hinted that longstanding tradition and “patriarchal views” could stand in the way of a female rising to power. 

Mr Mikul, who penned the 2019 book ‘My Favourite Dictators’, told Express.co.uk: “There are no forerunners for Kim Yo-jong being able to rule, based on previous generations.

“I can’t think of a single woman who has had any role in politics or any position of power in North Korea since it began.

“It is a heavily patriarchal society and there was a lot of speculation when he was believed to be dead that she may be the one to take over – I suppose in a normal nation, if she was his brother, that would be the case.

“But we don’t know much about Kim Jong-un’s children, there are possibly three, we don’t know their sex or anything, they may all be daughters.

“I found it hard to believe that she would be able to succeed him but I don’t know, North Korea is so strange as a country and as an idea.”

The patriarchal views appear to be compounded by the track records of Kim Il-sung, who founded the nation 72 years ago, and his successor Kim Jong-il, who died in 2012. 

Both have been entertained by ‘The Joy Brigade’ – a group of ‘attractive’ young girls plucked out of schools and enrolled in ‘dance schools’ to perform and appease their leader. 

It’s claimed that many of these women have been used as sex slaves too.

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In addition to this, it is believed that both of Kim Jong-un’s predecessors have had a number of illegitimate children from extramarital affairs and allegedly stashed mistresses around the nation.

There was also one particularly shocking belief that Kim Il-sung could extend his lifespan by sleeping with young women – up until his death in 1994. 

Despite their treatment of women, Kim Yo-jong has been seen alongside her brother Kim Jong-un on more than one occasion – in addition to her apparently helping to rule the state.

This type of public display, which is carefully crafted by the nation’s propaganda department, could speak volumes and mirrors the way Kim Jong-un was revealed to be the future leader.

The current rule had not been seen in public until two years before Kim Jong-il’s death – and prior to this many were unaware of his existence. 

Mr Mikul told Express.co.uk: “It was very rapid, they had to wrap their heads around a ‘new God’ in town and everyone thought when Kim Jong-un took over that he would be a figure-head. 

“Many thought that he was too young and that the older heads were in charge, but he proved himself to be a pretty tough guy and consolidated his rule.

“With Kim Yo-jong I don’t know, I sort of thought it might be a step too far for her to take over, but then you don’t know.

“That said, I don’t know anyone who has spoken for any of Kims’ until it happened recently, it’s unusual but it’s interesting as always to speculate on North Korea.

“For afficienadoes of politics, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, but it’s always a rollercoaster – maybe a little less so than when Kim Jong-il was around, he was a wild and crazy guy.”

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