Kim Jong-un is married, North Korea announces


Mr Kim inherited the post of “supreme leader” of North Korea from his father, Kim Jong-il, who died last December. Since then, he has consolidated his hold on power, officially becoming a “Marshal” – the highest rank in the Korean People’s Army – last Wednesday.

The announcement that he is married may be part of the process of establishing his authority.

State television named his wife as Ri Sol-Ju and reported that the couple jointly opened an amusement park in the capital, Pyongyang. Aged only 28 or 29, Mr Kim is the youngest head of state in the world.

“Marshal Kim Jong-Un took part in the opening ceremony of Nungra People’s Amusement Park with his wife, Comrade Ri Sol-Ju,” state TV reported.

Nothing is known about his wife and the timing of the marriage has not been disclosed. Mr Kim, who benefited from the second hereditary transfer of power since the foundation of North Korea, was educated at a school in Switzerland.

Last week, he appeared to assert his power by dismissing Ri Yong-ho, an army officer with the rank of “Vice Marshal”, from all his positions in the Korean Workers’ Party. But analysts have detected no substantial change in North Korean foreign policy since he took office.  (The Telegraph).


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