Taking this hard line against the South would be seen as a great way to showcase her leadership skills, according to a high-level government official in North Korea. This same source said: “She can’t rule the country from the military like her brother North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, so she is expanding her authority through the Propaganda and Agitation Department, just like her father Kim Jong Il.” Kim Jong Il solidified his role as his fathers’ natural successor after by promoting through the ranks of the North Korean Propaganda and Agitation Department.
However, Kim Jong-Un took a slightly different route to become the nations “Supreme Leader”.
His path consisted of attending the Kim Il Sung University in order to study the country’s military.
As part of efforts to prepare him for the succession, he was called a “general of the Korean People’s Army” in September 2010.
It became clear that Kim Jong Un was going to become his father natural successor after then being invited to command his very own military unit.
The issue with Kim Yo Jong is she’s not just a woman, but a woman that lacks a military background.
This has meant that over the past few years she has had to gain power via other means.
This has meant that the leader’s sister has focused her efforts on taking care of South Korea and earning respect from leadership by committing “warlike” victories against South Korea.
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This is why North Korean authorities are now feeling the need to “beef-up” Kim Yo Jong’s revolutionary achievements, as a means to promote her authority and provide the elevation necessary to become a natural successor to her brother.
It’s a good explanation as to why Kim Yo Jong has taken a hard line over the South Korean issue.
Kim has released multiple statements over the past week, one of them is a warning to activists about them sending anti-Kim Jong-Un leaflets across the border.
A second statement then came promising to shut down the inter-Korean liaison office, which yesterday was blown up by North Korea.
On June 9, North Korea informed South Korea that it would now treat the South as “an enemy.”
A few hours after that statement was released, the country then shut down all communications with the South.
In a statement released on June 13, Kim further upped the ante by suggesting that her country could engage in unspecified provocations against South Korea.
Despite theories over succession, several high-level government officials in North Korea have been saying that the moves to expand Kim’s authority are not aimed at setting her up as a successor to her brother.