Kim Jong Un’s wife made her first public appearance after yearlong absence

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Kim Jong Un’s wife made her first public appearance after yearlong absence

SEOUL:The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made her first public appearance in over a year as she attended a performance celebrating the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il, state media reported on Wednesday.

Ri Sol Ju and Kim Jong Un took in the anniversary concert at the Mansudae Art Theatre in Pyongyang on Tuesday, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.

It was the first time Ri, a former member of North Korea’s all-female cheerleading squad, has been seen in public since a Lunar New Year concert in January of last year.

Her lengthy absence had led to speculation by North Korea observers that she was pregnant, sick or had fallen out of favor with her husband.

In a briefing with lawmakers on Tuesday, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service said that it was likely Ri had been keeping out of view due to coronavirus safety precautions.

The NIS said that “no unusual signs have been detected” and that she appeared to be spending time with her children, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. The pair are believed to have three children.

Images released by state media showed Kim and Ri smiling and clapping at the performance, which included songs such as “Snowstorm over Jong Il Peak” and “A Dear Name.”

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