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North Korea Enjoys “Classic Korean Beauty” as First Lady: Colorful Clothes Too!

July 26, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea – The father fell in love with a dancer. Now the son has fallen in love with a singer.

The talk of Seoul today is all about the 24-year-old ex-singer-turned-first lady of North Korea, Ri Sol-Ju, who was officially mentioned by North Korean TV on Wednesday as the “comrade wife to Marshall Kim Jong Un.”

A new video was aired today of the two walking arm-in-arm, a rare lovey-dovey image which analysts in Seoul say is aimed to make North Korea’s young leader appear “stable and fatherly.”

By Joohee Cho | ABC News

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Kim, 28, rose to power earlier this year after the death of his father Kim Jong Il last December. His father never appeared in public with an official wife, but is known to have had four or five wives. Jong Un was born to Jong Il’s fourth wife, a celebrity dancer named Koh Young-Hee.

North Korea's First Lady Was Cheerleader, Ditches Drab Outfits

The new lady in the spotlight, Ri, is a popular singer who was spotted performing on stage numerous times in the past few years. There is still no confirmation on when they were married, but the two are known to have a child together, according to the National Information Service, South Korea’s intelligence agency.

Ri is from an average family, graduated Geumsung 2 Middle School in Pyongyang and studied abroad in China majoring in vocal music.

She has also visited South Korea in 2005 as a member of North Korean cheerleading team for theAsian Athletics Championship held in Incheon, said the agency. Ri was one of the 90 cheerleaders back then who chanted “We are one!”

The cheerleaders wore Nike caps, danced with South Korean college students, and attended a dinner party with government officials. There’s speculation that she also might have participated in an inter-Korean teenagers’ event in 2003 to plant trees.

But what has attracted the most attention in Seoul today is her beauty and sense of fashion. She wore colorful green, burgundy, and yellow outfits, polka dot patterns, open-toe pumps, and even a chic brooch on one of her dresses. North Korean women usually wear their traditional costume, or monotone black or grey suits to public events.

“I was surprised because she was so up-to-date in fashion. My friends think she’s very pretty too,” said Hyun-Sun Kim, 22, a nurse.

“I think Ri Sol Ju possesses a classic traditional Korean beauty, a round face and clean skin,” said Edward Han, 52, a South Korean businessman. “And she’s got that image of an obedient wife which sure would be popular among the elders especially.”

Yunjoo Lim and Sungeun Lee contributed to this report

North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un Is Married

July 25, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea state TV is reporting for the first time that leader Kim Jong Un is married.

The announcement Wednesday follows weeks of speculation about a mysterious woman who has appeared beside him at recent public events.

The woman wasn’t shown with Kim during the North Korean broadcast. But a well-dressed woman has accompanied him at a recent concert and public tours.

The North Korean announcer says Kim toured an amusement park with his wife, “comrade Ri Sol Ju.”

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There is mounting speculation that Kim Jong Un has married the mystery woman to enhance his image as a stable leader

Above: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with “The Mystery Woman, now believed to be his wife, comrade Ri Sol Ju.

Kim Jong-Un visits a building at a mini-golf course at the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in this undated picture released by KCNA

He’s on a diet but still looking at the menu….

Who is she?

That’s what people around the world want to know about a mysterious young woman who appeared with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a pair of events over the weekend.

The woman first appeared with Kim on North Korean state television on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of his grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il Sung’s death. She is believed to be the same woman shown in a photograph released by the Korea News Service on Monday showing Kim and others clapping during a July 6 performance by new Moranbong band in Pyongyang. (The unusual performance included appearances by Disney characters—including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh—not often seen in North Korea, which traditionally shuns entertainment of the West.)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd L) and his wife, who was named by the state broadcaster as Ri Sol-ju, visit the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground, in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the North’s KCNA on July 25, 2012. Kim Jong-un has married, state media said on Wednesday, putting an end to speculation over the relationship with a woman seen at his side during a recent gala. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea: Kim Jong Un’s Mystery Woman

July 10, 2012

Who is she?

That’s what people around the world want to know about a mysterious young woman who appeared with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a pair of events over the weekend.

The woman first appeared with Kim on North Korean state television on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of his grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il Sung’s death. She is believed to be the same woman shown in a photograph released by the Korea News Service on Monday showing Kim and others clapping during a July 6 performance by new Moranbong band in Pyongyang. (The unusual performance included appearances by Disney characters—including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh—not often seen in North Korea, which traditionally shuns entertainment of the West.)

Mickey Mouse (present-day)

The mystery woman sparked a crush of media coverage in South Korea, where some speculate that she could be Kim’s younger sister or wife. No official details about her identity have been released.

According to London’s Telegraph, “South Korean intelligence sources” say the woman is Hyon Song Wol, a singer “who used to front the Bochonbo Electronic Music Band” and “responsible for a string of hits that included ‘Footsteps of Soldiers,’ ‘I Love Pyongyang,’ ‘She is a Discharged Soldier’ and ‘We are Troops of the Party.'”

Her popularity “peaked in 2005 with the song ‘Excellent Horse-Like Lady,'” the Telegraph said, adding:

Hyon subsequently disappeared from public view at the time that Kim emerged as the heir-apparent to his father, Kim Jong Il.

There are reports that 28-year-old Kim Jong Un was ordered to break off his relationship with Hyon by his father and that she later married an officer in the North Korean army with whom she has a baby.

The North Korean government is notoriously secretive when it comes to its leaders. It took more than a day to announce the death of Kim Jong Il in December. And as the Associated Press points out, little personal information is known about Kim himself, though he is thought to be in his late 20s.

Above: Kim Jong Un and a mystery woman clap at a performance in Pyongyang, July 6, 2012. (Korean Central News Agency)

Above: Here we see Kim with three ageing 47 star generals.

Revealed: The attractive woman seen accompanying Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un to a string of official engagements is the previously married pop star Hyon Song-wol, according to South Korean intelligence

Revealed: The attractive woman seen accompanying Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un to a string of official engagements is the previously married pop star Hyon Song-wol, according to South Korean intelligence

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171660/Kim-Jong-uns-mystery-woman-revealed-Dictators-girlfriend-previously-married-pop-star-smash-hit-song-Excellent-Horse-like-Lady.html#ixzz20LRI6MVb


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