Seoul | Official media reported, on Wednesday, that the wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared in public for the first time a little over a year ago, ending an absence that some attributed to the Corona virus, and others to the possibility of pregnancy.
Ri Sol Joo, who is said to be in her early 30s, accompanied her husband to a concert commemorating the birth of the father and his predecessor, Kim Jong Il.
The birth anniversary of the second of the Kim dynasty is known as “Bright Star Day.” It is one of the most important holidays in the North Korean calendar.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published pictures of the couple smiling and applauding the artists performing at the Mansudai Art Theater in Pyongyang.
“When the general secretary entered the theater hall with his wife, Ri Sol-ju, to the sound of welcoming music, all the participants shouted to them,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
In the released photos, none of the spectators wore a mask.
Ri Sol Ju has not been seen in public since January 2020, during an event related to the Lunar New Year.
His absence sparked much speculation about his health. Some questioned whether she was isolated to protect herself from the Corona virus, or if she was pregnant.
The couple will have three children.
North Korea closed its borders early last year in an effort to protect itself from the epidemic that emerged in neighboring China. Mr Kim has repeatedly stated that his country is still immune from the Coronavirus, which foreign experts suspect.
The release of these photos comes the next day to a media briefing by South Korean representatives from South Korean intelligence, which claimed that the North Korean leader’s wife was refraining from any public participation due to the epidemic and was spending time playing with her children.
Before her absence began, she was regularly seen by her husband’s side during his field visits, or during his diplomatic meetings, especially those she had with Chinese Presidents Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae.
Former successful singer Ri Sol Ju appeared to the public in Mr. Kim’s entourage in 2012.
She, along with her sister-in-law Kim Yoo Jung, is one of the most famous women in the well-known patriarchy.
“Evil thinker. Music scholar. Hipster-friendly communicator. Bacon geek. Amateur internet enthusiast. Introvert.”