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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un's sister regains key post in leadership shake-up

Diplomats handling Russia and South Korea replace those negotiating with US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his sister Kim Yo Jong attend an inter-Korean meeting at the Panmunjom border village in 2018.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister returned to the country's top decision-making body in a leadership reshuffle that signaled a heightened emphasis on arms and less on U.S. diplomacy.

Kim Yo Jong, long part of her brother's inner circle, was elected Saturday as an alternate member of the central committee's political bureau. She was previously removed from the role in April last year following the nuclear summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi that February, which abruptly ended without a deal.

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