Kim Jong-un's sister makes first public appearance in months

Photographs emerging from the Hermit Kingdom have prompted speculation Kim Yo-jong recently gave birth

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The sister of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly reappeared in public after two months out of the public eye.

Kim Yo-jung, 28, was photographed accompanying her older brother as he inspected a tree nursery operated by the army, South Korea’s Yonhap news reported.

The South Korean news site claimed that images of Kim’s sister, appearing slimmer than her past appearances and wearing a knee-length black dress with a fur collar, had prompted speculation she had recently given birth to her first child.

Little is known about Kim’s sister, born to Kim Jong-il’s fourth wife Ko Yong-hui. South Korea’s intelligence agency claims she married a former classmate from Kim Il-sung University. Her baby was expected in May.

She was last seen in April when she accompanied her brother and inspected a construction project at Pyongyang airport.

It has been suggested Kim, who studied in Switzerland at the same time as her brother, is Kim’s closest confidante, working alongside him as deputy director of the Worker’s Party.

The position was formerly held by her uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who was publicly executed for crimes against the state two years ago.

Her role reportedly consists of highlighting similarities between her brother and their grandfather Kim Il-sung, who remains an integral part of state propaganda.

A spokesperson at North Korea’s London embassy declined to comment on the photographs.