1:08 pm - 01/03/2013

Is North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un A New Dad?


Image from Chosun: Ri Sol-ju (left) on Dec. 21, 2012 and Ri (right) with Kim Jong-un on Tuesday /[North] Korean Central TV

From NPR:

There's media speculation that Kim Jong-un may have added another title to his roles as new North Korean leader and new husband - could he be a new father?

Notoriously secretive North Korea apparently released an image of Kim's stylish wife, Ri Sol-ju this week, attending a New Year's event. She's trim and glamorous in her purple suit, standing next to her saluting husband.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo posted the image of Ri on its news site next to another one of Ri snapped on December 21; there, she's certainly not trim. Ri is shown wearing a modest red and black long sleeved gown, possibly covering a swelling mid-section - it does appear that she's pregnant.

Not everyone is making the leap. Yonhap News Agency is more restrained, remarking Ri has had "an apparent loss of weight" and that might mean she'd given birth.

But with no official word from North Korea, it's all guesswork. Remember, it was only after rumors grew last summer over Kim's marital status that North Korea disclosed he'd married Ri. As Mark wrote, there had been interest in Kim's possible relationship with another woman referred to as the 'Excellent Horse-like Lady', singer Hyon Song-wol. Or Hyon and Ri could even have been the same woman all along.

If the hunches prove true, this might not be a first child for Ri and Kim. Last year, ABC's Akiko Fujita tweeted a story from Japan's Yomiyuri Online suggesting the couple had previously had a daughter, in 2010.


From Chosun:

North Korea has released a photo of leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju at a performance celebrating the New Year on Tuesday.

In the photo, Ri has a flat tummy while she was heavily pregnant as late as Dec. 21. The state media have been silent on whether has given birth since.

Sources: NPR The Two-Way, Chosun


i'm thinking... hanbok... but her face might be slimmer.

mods, I know it isn't politics but I thought it was interesting to see the media speculation across several countries. As stated above, NK only confirmed his marriage after a media blowup.
shanny_w 3rd-Jan-2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
OP, don't worry about the article not being political. We accept any news on NK. It just seems that political stuff is mostly what comes out of NK.
markthatcoin 3rd-Jan-2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
good to know; yes, especially since they try to handpick what gets released (like the pic above)
tothechangmin 3rd-Jan-2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
his wife is really pretty, imo
xredada 3rd-Jan-2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
She kinda looks like Lizzy to me.
tothechangmin 3rd-Jan-2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
hmm, the photo on the left looks more like a bigger version of sulli
markthatcoin 3rd-Jan-2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
omg i just read your username and laughed out loud, that is gold!
lysblack 3rd-Jan-2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
call me insane, but because of her nose i see a bit of han gain, not enough to be twins or pass as long lost cousins, but still.
twinkystar16 4th-Jan-2013 01:54 am (UTC)
she looks a bit like han ga in
pamuya 3rd-Jan-2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
just looks like she's wearing a hanbok.....
jasmineakaiumi 3rd-Jan-2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Certain hanbok make anyone look pregnant imo lmao
markthatcoin 3rd-Jan-2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
mte, even idols look that way in hanbok...
goldynchickie 3rd-Jan-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm thinking too
45s 4th-Jan-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Mte
muhnaplusmuhna 3rd-Jan-2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
I don't why but I suddenly remembered the scene in King2hearts where they were talking about privileged NK girls being just as stylish as their counterparts around the world or something along those lines.
lysblack 3rd-Jan-2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
i wanna know if there was any unicorn involved in this.
frantastic 3rd-Jan-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
ditto
shanny_w 3rd-Jan-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
3 wise unicorns attended the birth with gifts
lysblack 3rd-Jan-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
now i believe it.
21banged 4th-Jan-2013 04:04 am (UTC)
oh well that explains everything.
xcherryblossomx 3rd-Jan-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
NK first lady is so pretty!!!

one_broken 3rd-Jan-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
i would be surprised if she had given birth. that is a really small amount of time to slim down
anconeous 4th-Jan-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
She's way too pretty for him. Then again, not everyone gets to be a dictator's fabulous wife.
plantbottle 4th-Jan-2013 12:31 am (UTC)
That picture of her in that hanbok is gorgeous, she looks wonderful.
purekpopology 4th-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Not very convincing in my opinion. It's to iffy with the hanbok fluff~
45s 4th-Jan-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Excellent horse like singer. LOL
markthatcoin 4th-Jan-2013 03:04 am (UTC)
the north korean hit song (?) is linked at that sentence lol
45s 4th-Jan-2013 03:49 am (UTC)
Lol. And that music video is kinda great. Sme take notes
markthatcoin 4th-Jan-2013 03:51 am (UTC)
lmaoooo
unofficialdear 4th-Jan-2013 04:02 am (UTC)
lol silly. she's not wearing that "gown" to hide her belly. those "gowns" are made that way
steelsigns 4th-Jan-2013 06:31 am (UTC)
his wife is so pretty *_*
lonelymoon 4th-Jan-2013 07:02 am (UTC)
Forgive the double negative, but you CAN'T NOT LOOK PREGNANT IN A HANBOK.
mjspice 4th-Jan-2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm.
b1gay4 7th-Jan-2013 05:08 am (UTC)
maybe she just gained weihghtT????? ㅡㅡ;
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