Kim Jong Un's sister will manage the finances in place of Uncle
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appoints his younger sister to manage party coffers instead of slain uncle.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has put his younger sister Kim Yeo Jong in charge of the Workers Party’s finances instead of his uncle Jang Song Thaek who was executed in December, South Korea’s Chosunilbo newspaper reports, quoting a source in North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, a group of North Korean activists in South Korea.
Kim Yeo Jong was appointed to head Department 54 tasked with supplying coal, electricity, fuel, clothes and other necessities to the military.
Department 54 was originally operated by the military but Jang placed it under the supervision of the party when the Army chief Ri Yong Ho was sacked in 2012.
Chief of North Korea’s military Politburo Choe Ryong Hae asked Kim Jong Un to hand over Department 54 back to the military. Though his request was rejected, the military was given charge of about 30 trading companies previously controlled by the Cabinet, Voice of Russia reports.
Kim Yeo Jong took control of Taesong Bank, the Reunification and Development Bank and a number of tourism and railway projects from her aunt Kim Kyong Hui, according to the source.
Jang Song Thaek was executed in December 2013 after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.