Kim Jong Un’s sister and the fight for North Korea’s bloodline

TOKYO — The mystery surrounding the North Korea’s “sacred” bloodline, and who is next in the line of succession, has only grown since Kim Jong Un’s public reemergence last week.

Kim’s appearance put to rest the notion that he was gravely ill — or even dead, but not to rumors that he suffers from chronic health problems. And the rising profile of his younger sister 32-year-old Kim Yo Jong has sparked speculation that she is being positioned to be next in line.

When Kim cut a ribbon at the opening ceremony for a new fertilizer plant in the western city

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Kim Jong Un intelligence shared with Seoul and Tokyo: US official

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has been sharing information with Japan and South Korea on the recent disappearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from public view, a senior U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.

“Anytime there are issues on the [Korean] Peninsula, as we saw recently, the first governments we speak with are South Korea and Japan,” Marc Knapper, deputy assistant secretary for Korea and Japan, said in regards to Kim’s nearly three-week absence in an online discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a U.S. think tank.

“The most recent curiosity involving the disappearance of

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Kim drives home message with fertilizer plant reemergence

TOKYO — The sudden appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a fertilizer plant after a mysterious nearly three-week absence raises an obvious question: Why there?  

No doubt the reappearance was engineered for maximum dramatic effect — both internationally and domestically. North Korea has become deadlocked in denuclearization talks with the U.S. and now calls 2020 the year of a “full-frontal breakthrough” to counter United Nations sanctions by building its economy under its own efforts. Agriculture has been positioned as the main battlefield.

The Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory, located about 50 km north of

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Kim Jong Un resumes public activity, state media says

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony, state radio reported Saturday morning.

The Friday event marked the first time Kim’s whereabouts had been publicly known since April 11 — when he attended a Politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea — and ended weeks of speculation about his well-being.

Kim attended the event for a fertilizer plant in South Pyongan Province, in the western part of the country, state radio said. No photos were released.

Kim was joined by many others, including party and military leaders as well as construction workers, according

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