North Korea and Kim Jong Un: Meet the known key players in the regime

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Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, made headlines during her three-day visit earlier this month at the 2018 Winter Olympic games in South Korea.

Yo Jong, who was a part of North Korea’s delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, became the first member of the current regime to visit the country since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

During her visit, she presented South Korean President Moon Jae-in with an invitation to visit Pyongyang. But Moon has yet to accept the offer. 

Ahead of her visit, analysts told The Associated Press that her attendance is a move to improve relations with its rival to the South, giving North Korea a better opportunity to reach out to the U.S. 

But skeptics argue that the country is using the Olympics to weaken U.S.-led sanctions and buy time to advance its nuclear weapons program.

In addition to Yo Jong’s visit, North and South Korean Olympians  walked under a unification flag at the opening ceremony on Friday.

Still, the U.S. is preparing to announce the “toughest and most aggressive” economic sanctions against North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence, who represented the U.S. at the opening ceremony, recently said.

However, Pence reportedly isn’t ruling out a meeting with North Korean leaders during the Olympics.

As tensions with the rogue nation continue, here’s what you need to know about some of the key players in the regime.

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un is the current leader of North Korea. He took power after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011.

 (The Associated Press)

Kim Jong Un is the current supreme leader of North Korea, rising to power after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011. His mother, Ko Young-hee, was an opera singer who died in 2004.

Overall, little is known about the 33-year-old’s early life. But he studied in Switzerland before returning to North Korea to attend the Kim il-Sung Military University in the mid-2000s, Michael Madden, the director of North Korea Leadership Watch and a visiting scholar at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS, told Fox News. The university, which is located in Pyongyang, the country’s capital, is named after Kim Jong Un’s grandfather.

“We don’t know a tremendous amount about him [Kim Jong Un],” said Madden. “But we have enough for a good picture.”

Contrary to popular belief, Madden said the North Korean leader has a “relatively cool-headed personality” which serves as an asset. “He derives more power by being laid back and cool,” as opposed to being reactive, Madden said.

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