North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, has been elected as a member of the country's highest governing body. The move is likely to further raise her profile.
The ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Thursday that she was elected to the State Affairs Commission at the Supreme People's Assembly the previous day.
The commission has a little over ten members, with Kim Jong Un as its head.
Other people who were elected to the commission include Jo Yong Won, a close aide to Kim. Pak Jong Chon, who was reported to have been present at Tuesday's test-launch of a hypersonic missile, was also chosen.
Kim's sister has frequently released statements regarding the country's relations with the United States and South Korea.
On September 15, she issued a statement criticizing South Korea's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. In a statement on September 25, she suggested the possibility of an inter-Korean summit under certain conditions.
Kim Yo Jong is said to have the deep trust of her brother. She is likely to further rise in prominence with her appointment to the commission.