After North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been frequently spotted with a lady friend, there was speculation that it was singer Hyon Song-wol, also known as “Excellent Horse Lady”. But today, North Korean media reported that Un got hitched to Ri Sol Ju… at some point.
Kim toured an amusement park with his “wife, comrade Ri Sol Ju” on Tuesday, while a crowd cheered for the leader, the speaker said without giving any more details about Ri, including how long they had been married.
Seven months after inheriting the country from his father, Kim Jong Il, the 20-something leader has been shown in the media several times with the young woman, including at a concert where Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters appeared and at tours of various North Korean sites. While the woman hasn’t been identified until now, media and analysts in the South were quick to guess that she was his wife.
Kim’s public appearances with the woman are a striking change from his father’s style. Kim Jong Il’s 17-year rule was known for its secrecy. His companions and his children weren’t mentioned by state media, including Kim Jong Un, who was virtually unknown before his formal introduction to the world in late 2010.
Oh congratulations. I totally forgot to get a wedding present.
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