Kim Yo Jong revealed pregnancy during Seoul trip: Reports

A picture of Ms Kim Yo Jong taken in Seoul on Feb 10. She was in the South as her brother's special envoy.
A picture of Ms Kim Yo Jong taken in Seoul on Feb 10. She was in the South as her brother's special envoy.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL • Ms Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is pregnant with her second child, and disclosed this to South Korean officials during her visit to Seoul earlier this month, local media reported yesterday.

Ms Kim told Seoul officials that she was pregnant with her second child during her visit to the South between Feb 9 and 11, according to reports citing unnamed sources.

Ms Kim, who was there as Mr Kim Jong Un's special envoy, appeared to be experiencing some discomfort during the visit, prompting speculation that she may be pregnant.

During her visit, accompanied by the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, Ms Kim invited President Moon Jae In to Pyongyang on behalf of her brother.

The revelation that it was her second pregnancy, allegedly made by Ms Kim herself, would also confirm rumours that she had already given birth to a child.

It was rumoured that she had given birth to her first child sometime in 2015.

An anonymous government official was also quoted as saying that the fact that Mr Kim Jong Un sent his pregnant sister to the South shows the urgency with which Pyongyang is seeking relief from international sanctions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2018, with the headline 'Kim Yo Jong revealed pregnancy during Seoul trip: Reports'. Print Edition | Subscribe