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North Korea's Kim Yo Jong calls South Korean government a 'truly weird group'

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and one of the country's most important political figures, has criticized South Korea's "idiot" authorities after they called attention to an apparent military parade held in the capital Pyongyang over the weekend.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and one of the country's most important political figures, has criticized South Korea's "idiot" authorities after they called attention to an apparent military parade held in the capital Pyongyang over the weekend.

Kim was believed to be one of her brother's most powerful and trusted confidants, but experts are unsure what to make of her status following the Party Congress, which saw her removed as an alternate from North Korea's powerful politburo and demoted from "first vice department director" to "vice department director. "

Kim's apparent demotion may have more to do with Kim Jong Un's focus on reshuffling the politburo to include more economic experts, according to an analysis by North Korea researcher Martin Weiser published in NK News, an outlet dedicated to monitoring the country.

"Access to Kim Jong Un is a more important indicator of power status in North Korea," Thae said.

North Korea's decision to completely close its borders to prevent Covid-19, sanctions and a series of natural disasters last year severely impacted the economy and the livelihood of average North Koreans, something Kim Jong Un committed to improving since his first days as North Korea's leader.

However, Kim admitted in August that the five-year plan North Korea put in place in 2016 to improve the economy had failed.

Kim Jong Un's economic agenda may have appeared woefully short on specifics, but his plans for upgrading and improving North Korea's conventional and nuclear weapons were anything but.

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