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The Secret Life of Kim Jong Un's Wife Ri Sol Ju

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju in 2014. (KCNA/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:23 AM

The secret life of Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol Ju includes luxury goods and infrequent appearances next to the North Korea leader, but much is still not know about her, even including how many children she has had with the dictator.

There hasn't been a peep from U.S. intelligence on what they know about Ri Sol Ju, if anything, or how whatever might be known about her figures in military plans or approaches concerning the 33-year-old North Korean dictator. 

Ri Sol Ju, who is believed to be 28, was officially identified by North Korea’s state-run media as Kim's wife in 2012, the Business Insider reported. There are conflicting reports about when they were married, with some saying 2009 while other reports stating that they did not meet until 2010.

There are reports she was studying singing in China and was a member of North Korea's cheerleading squad when they visited South Korea in 2005.

Some of the most reliable information about their family came from former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who described meeting the couple's daughter in 2013 while in North Korea.

"I held their baby Ju-ae and spoke with Ms. Ri (Sol Ju, Kim's wife) as well," Rodman said, according The Guardian. "He's a good dad and has a beautiful family."

South Korean media theorized that the couple has three children and Ri may have been pressured to have the last one in hopes to produce a boy and heir to Kim's dictatorship, the Business Insider said.

Ri's father is reported to be a professor and her mother a doctor.

"It looks almost like a North Korean version of Camelot," John S. Park, director of the Korea Working Group at Harvard University's Belford Center for Science and International Affairs, told Newsweek. (Camelot was the title given to President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's marriage.)

"There's this idea of a North Korean dream, and Kim Jong Un being the creator of this dream and his wife, Ri Sol-Ju, being essentially the face of this dream. This type of dynamic is sort of an analogy for the future of North Korea overall," Park added.

The Business Insider said Ri is known for her taste in western fashion and has been seen carrying expensive bags by designers like Dior and Chanel, and that has often led to international scorn with most of the country's population living in poverty.

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The secret life of Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol Ju includes luxury goods and infrequent appearances next to the North Korea leader, but much is still not know about her, even including how many children she has had with the dictator.
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