North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, state media disclose on Sunday and praised the country’s nuclear weapons programme which has sparked international alarm.
Tensions however soared as Kim traded verbal threats with US President Donald Trump, who tweeted on Saturday that “only one thing will work” to tame the isolated nuclear-armed state.
Kim’s sister, in her late 20s, has frequently been seen accompanying her brother on his “field guidance trips” and other events and is known to have been involved in the party’s propaganda operations.
The family has allegedly ruled North Korea since its creation in 1948 with the succeding his father after his death in December 2011, and Since then he has overseen four of the country’s six nuclear tests — most recently in September .
Kim was quoted as saying, “The nuclear weapons of the DPRK (North Korea) are a precious fruition borne by its people’s bloody struggle for defending the destiny and sovereignty of the country from the protracted nuclear threats of the US imperialists,” .