Kim Yo-jong could be worse for North Korea than brother Kim Jong-un, according to experts.
The dictator has been the target of numerous rumours surrounding his health, leading many to speculate on his successor.
According to experts, Kim Jong-un's sister could be an even more "brutal leader" than himself, reports the New York Post.
The 32-year-old may be a possible successor amid rumours the leader has been in a coma for months, and his recent public appearances may have been staged.
On the topic of Kim Yo-jong's style of ruling, retired US Army Col. David Maxwell said: "I haven’t seen any evidence, any indication of how she might rule, but my speculation — given the reputation and history of the family — is that she would rule with an iron fist."
Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy said the nature of the regime would "demand she be ruthless, especially in the first few years".
Roy Calley, a journalist with a network of contacts in Pyongyang who has written a book on life inside the Hermit Kingdom, claims it could only be a matter of time before an official announcement is made and Kim’s sister Kim Yo-jong is confirmed as his successor.
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He told the Daily Express: "I honestly believe he's dead but you just can't tell with that country.
"I could be in Pyongyang now and be none the wiser."
Although, last week it was reported the North Korean leader has given away some of his power to his sister “to relieve stress from his reign”, according to reports.
The controversial leader handed over some of his authority to his close aids and his sister Yo-jong, according to the National Intelligence Service in South Korea.
This power shift is to "relieve stress from Kim’s reign and avert culpability in the event of policy failure," the agency said.
It added: "Chairman Kim Jong-un is still maintaining his absolute authority, but some of it has been handed over little by little."
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