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Communist tyrant Kim Jong-Un's younger sister Kim Yo-jong has not been seen in public for over a month despite being lined up as her brother's successor, it has been claimed.
She was last seen on July 27 standing with her brother as he gave out commemorative pistols to military dignitaries to mark the 67th armistice of the Korean War, Chosun Media reports.
Speculation is now mounting as to why she is now keeping a low profile, with Chosun Media reporting she does not want to be seen as second in command by carrying out simple public engagements.
It comes as reports the morbidly obese Kim Jong-Un is in a grave state of health, in a coma or even dead, have continued to circulate this year.
The despot has only been seen in public a handful of times this year, with reports his even more fearsome sister Yo-jong has already been handed over some powers as she lies in wait to take over from her ailing sibling.
According to North Korean state media the dictatorship's National Intelligence Service (NIS) told the National Assembly's Intelligence Committee last week Jong-un has already relinquished some control to Yo-jong.
The NIS announced he will still "exert absolute power" but he will gradually transfer his authority to Yo-jong "to ease stress".
The revelation sparked warnings from experts his younger sister will prove to be an even more "cruel dictator" when she finally takes the reigns.
She will also be more keen to assert North Korea's military prowess by ramping up drill missile launches, according to speculative reports.
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She will be "fiercer and more tyrannical than her brother, father, or grandfather," Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy said.
“The way for her to build up her credibility and net worth, that is, the way for her to get respect, is not to play nice but be a cruel dictator to her people and a credible nuclear threat to the US,” he told the New York Post.
However she appears to have gone missing at a time when she is supposedly marking her territory as Jong-un's rightful successor.
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She was notable by her absence on Wednesday when North Korean Central News Agency announced Jong-un had held a meeting to discuss the country's coronavirus response as well as the approach of typhoon Bavi, which made landfall on Thursday morning.
Now experts believe she is keeping a low profile to avoid stirring up further speculation about her position in the regime and maintain an air of authority.
"In the past, anyone was deprived of their position the moment they were described as the number two person in the North," Professor Nam Sung-wook of Korea University said.
"There must be a semblance of checks and balances, although Kim Yo-jong is a family member."
Meanwhile on Wednesday CNN reported her unusual, but it could be that she is ill, or otherwise engaged with official business.
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