North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirms marriage

Thursday July 26, 2012

After weeks of speculation, Kim Jong Un has confirmed that the woman who has accompanied him on several state visits is his wife Ri Sol Ju.

Ri had been seen attending a concert and a kindergarten with Kim, but her identity was unknown.

The news was casually released during a TV report about the leader's visit to a new amusement park.

Following the death of his father seven months ago, Kim, who is in his 20s, inherited the rule of North Korea.

Political analysists have said that the ruler's leadership style and decision to release information about his personal life is a stark contract to his father's, which was shrouded in secrecy.

While much information about the relationship is still unknown, such as how long the pair have been married, they were seen smiling together and looking happy.

Photo: Getty

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