Mystery Woman: Who Is Kim Jong-Un's Wife?

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North Korea's first couple, Kim Jong-Un and Ri Sol Ju.
There is much speculation around North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju.

The public ceremony unveiling the wife of the newly anointed hereditary dictator of North Korea was anything but traditional. The couple was revealed to North Koreans and the world Wednesday, via descriptions by state media of a "ceremony which took place with splendor" at the opening of a "fun fair" in Pyongyang where 28-year-old Kim Jong-un and "his wife, Comrade Ri Sol Ju" were accompanied by top army commanders, the head of the feared secret police, and "officials of party, armed forces and power bodies" who "enthusiastically welcomed them, loudly shouting 'Hurrah!'"

"A soldier builder and woman worker presented them with flowers," gushed Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the official state media organ. It must be daunting to get married knowing you have 24 million in-laws—the Kim leaders have been portrayed as the parents of the nation.

 

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.

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