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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un's sister now said to control North Korea party nerve center

Kim Yo Jong's role seen expanding as leader's health remains in doubt

Kim Yo Jong, seen here in Hanoi for last year's U.S.-North Korea summit, is described as one of the most trusted aides to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is now in charge of one of the country's most important political bodies, according to South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo.

Kim Yo Jong has de facto leadership of the Organization and Guidance Department, which controls information flows and appointments within the ruling Workers' Party, Jeong said in a parliamentary briefing Tuesday.

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