Experts said she got a clear line of sight for the succession but the sex she is born with is an issue, according to interviews conducted by Vice.
But first the elephant in the room, is Kim Jong Un “critically ill?”
He is not seen during the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, which raised speculation about his well-being. This fact remains unverified.
His sister: Kim Yo Jong served as Kim Jong Il close confidant and now she is one of the currently the North Korean leader’s closest aides.
“She is the natural heir to the throne, as the Kim family regime is more a dynasty than a republic,”
Sung Yong Lee, a Koreas expert at the Flertcher School at Tufts Univeristy, told Vice News.
“It’s not impossible, but the North Korean establishment is a very old-fashioned and sexist one, and having to serve a woman would not be like by many in the establishment,” Steve Tsang, Director of London’s SOAS China Institute, told Vice News the other hand of the story.
32-year old Yo Jong is the fifth and youngest child of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his second mistress, Ko Yong Hui.
She shares parents with the current Supreme Leader
Since the death of Kim Jong Il, she has been frequently at his brother’s side.
She manages her brother’s public events, itineraries, and logistical needs.