Kim Jong-un’s sister is being seen for the first time since rumors of a radioactive fallout with her brother
Kim Jong-un's sister was first seen in public in months after she disappeared from view, shortly after talks between the US and North Korea failed.
Kim Yo-jong sat near her brother in Pyongyang's May Day stadium for the mass games in North Korea, where she clapped the screen in the images published today.
But her brother was less than happy and criticized the organizers for their & # 39; irresponsible working attitude & # 39; because they said they & # 39; the wrong spirit of creation & # 39; had.
Kim ordered & # 39; important tasks & # 39; to ensure that North Korea & # 39; s revolutionary art policy was properly implemented, the state-run news agency said.
Kim Yo-jong & # 39; s appearance at the games marks the first sighting of her since reports surfaced in South Korea that she had been sent to a labor camp as punishment for her part in failed negotiations with Donald Trump.
Kim Yo-jong (left), together with her brother Kim Jong-un (right) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (center), were shown in North Korea & # 39; s mass games in Pyongyang
The images, published by the North Korean news agency on Tuesday, mark the first time that Kim Yo-jong has been seen in public for 50 days after Kim & # 39; s negotiations with Donald Trump failed
She acted as an assistant to Kim during the conversations and was a constant presence at his side, often seen on the back of the photos.
It also comes after Kim Yong-chol, North Korea's best diplomat and right-hand man during the negotiations, was seen at another public event on Sunday after reports suggested that he was also in a labor camp.
He was filmed during the event – designed to celebrate the wives of Korean people's army officers – sitting on five seats away from the Supreme Leader.
Chol was North Korea's most important negotiator and the counterpart of Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo since Kim Jong-un started nuclear talks with the US
He traveled to Washington and met President Donald Trump twice for Kim & two top meetings with Trump.
The mass games in North Korea were an annual event under the father of Kim, but were suspended during a mourning period before they were restarted last year.
During this year's event thousands of gymnasts, dancers and crowds worked together to perform The Land of the People, a show that is expected to last until October.
Kim (fourth from the right) had been a key figure in negotiations with Trump on the nuclear stockpile of the North, and it was reported that she was sent to a labor camp after they were demolished
Kim Yo-jong & # 39; s return came after Kim Yong-chol (circled), the best diplomat in North Korea and another key figure in nuclear talks, also with the Supreme Leader (center) was seen
Kim Yong-chol (depicted with President Trump in Washington) also had a rumor that he was in a labor camp after the talks failed, but it seems that these reports were not true
The official Korean Central News Agency said the artists on Monday & # 39; beautiful and graceful rhythmic movements, cheerful gymnastics, interesting national emotions and a rich artistic display & # 39; but also that Kim Jong-un was not happy with their presentation.
He has seriously criticized the makers for their & # 39; wrong spirit of creation and irresponsible working attitude & # 39; and has & # 39; important tasks & # 39; to properly implement the country's revolutionary policy in the field of literature and art, the agency said.
State media often report on Kim scandalous factory officials, educators, and others who are perceived as non-performing according to his standards.
Kim Yo-jong is a senior official of the ruling party in North Korea and is believed to be her brother's confidant.
She had accompanied him to his top conferences with US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and had joined other dignitaries in the gallery at last year's Winter Olympics in South Korea.
But speculation about her status grew after she was omitted in April from her brother's trip to Vladivostok, Russia, for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The conservative newspaper Chosun Ilbo in South Korea cited an unidentified source last week to report that Kim Jong Un had instructed his sister to collapse after the collapse of his summit with Mr. Trump in February on non-matching demands in sanctions and nuclear disarmament.
Kim and Trump had greeted their good relationship after their first summit in Singapore, but follow-up talks in Hanoi ended without agreement, causing frustration from North Korea
The newspaper also reported that Mr. Kim had punished his former top envoy, Kim Yong Chol, who showed North Korean media during the mass games and during a weekend concert with military women.
Senior envoy Kim Hyok Chol, who, according to the Chosun, had been executed for treason together with four officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has not been seen by the media since the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The government and the media in South Korea have a mixed picture of following developments among the ruling elite of North Korea, hampered by strict control by Pyongyang of information about them.
Although North Korea has previously banned or executed scapegoats to reconcile major political shortcomings, experts doubted recent reports that such extreme punishments were unlikely unless Kim Jong Un ceased negotiations with the United States.
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