Wife of N Korea’s Kim seems in public for first time in a yr


Ro Sol Ju, who had not been seen since January 2020, photographed along with her husband at a live performance.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un’s spouse, Ri Sol Ju, appeared in state media for the primary time in additional than a yr on Wednesday, becoming a member of her husband at a live performance throughout one of many nation’s largest holidays.

The official newspaper Rodong Sinmun launched photographs of the pair on the occasion to mark the birthday of Kim’s late father and former chief Kim Jong Il.

Ri, who typically accompanied Kim to key public occasions, had not been seen since January final yr when she was pictured at an occasion for the Lunar New Year vacation, stoking hypothesis over her well being and a possible being pregnant.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) advised legislators on Tuesday that Ri appeared to have kept away from outdoors actions to scale back the chance from coronavirus however was “playing well with their kids.”

The NIS believes Ri and Kim have three youngsters however little is publicly recognized about them.

2021 02 16T223545Z 1523713719 RC2YTL92FKV5 RTRMADP 3 NORTHKOREA ANNIVERSARYKim Jong Un and his spouse Ri Sol Ju at a efficiency to commemorate the anniversary of the delivery of Kim Jong Il on the Mansudae Art Theatre in Pyongyang [KCNA via Reuters]

North Korea has not confirmed any COVID-19 circumstances, however the NIS has mentioned an outbreak couldn’t be dominated out due to the nation’s shut relationship with China, the place the virus first emerged. Pyongyang closed its border early final yr.

Ri and Kim smiled as they watched the live performance at Mansudae Art Theatre within the capital of Pyongyang, surrounded by aged males. Unlike a number of earlier occasions, no one within the pictures was sporting a masks and no social distancing measures gave the impression to be in power.

The newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party additionally reported that Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which homes the embalmed our bodies of his father and grandfather, to put wreaths for the anniversary, known as the Day of the Shining Star.