Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Wife of N Korea’s Kim appears in public for first time in a year

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, has appeared in state media for the first time in more than a year, joining her husband at a concert during one of the country’s biggest holidays.

The official newspaper Rodong Sinmun released photos of the pair at the event on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Kim’s late father and former leader Kim Jong Il.

Ri, who often accompanied Kim to key public events, had not been seen since January last year when she was pictured at an event for the Lunar New Year holiday, stoking speculation over her health and potential pregnancy.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told legislators on Tuesday that Ri appeared to have refrained from outside activities to reduce the risk from coronavirus but was “playing well with their kids.”

The NIS believes Ri and Kim have three children but little is publicly known about them.

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