Mrs. Dear Leader

The "mystery woman" seen with Kim Jong-un recently was the source of international speculation, which all turned out to be wrong. The North Korean leader married "Comrade Ri Sol Ju" a few years ago, even before his father died.
Ri Sol Ju is said to be a 27-year old graduate student at Kim Il-sung University, pursuing a Ph. D in science, and her family is from the political elite. Her mother reportedly heads a gynecology unit at a local hospital and her father is a university professor. Ri Sol Ju reportedly married Kim Jong-un in 2009 or 2010, and gave birth to a child the following year.

Typical of the Kabuki theater that is North Korea—where everything is carefully scripted by state propagandists in the world’s most closed and secretive state—still virtually nothing is known about the new leader of the nuclear state that boasts the fourth largest army in the world. And the same was true of the woman who has been accompanying him to recent events—until the new revelation.

The secrecy is not all that shocking. Kim Jong-un's father, the late Kim Jong-il had at least four wives, none of whom ever appeared in public. Link

(Image credit: REUTERS/KCNA)

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