North Korea Identifies Kim Jon Un’s Mystery Companion as His Wife

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean state television says a mystery woman who has accompanied new leader Kim Jong Un in recent public events is his wife.

The station reports Mr. Kim and “Comrade Ri Sol Chu” toured a newly-built amusement park in Pyongyang. It appears to be North Korean media's first mention of the leader's wife.

Mr. Kim took over leadership of the reclusive state from his father Kim Jong Il, who died in December.

Meanwhile, an International Crisis Group report says there are no clear signs of a conspiracy to overthrow Mr. Kim, despite his surprise removal of a top military leader earlier this month.

ICG senior analyst Daniel Pinkston, told VOA he does not see any “significant policy changes” in the future and Mr. Kim has a “firm grip” on power.

The report warns Pyongyang could engage in testing long-range missiles or a nuclear bomb in an effort to bolster Mr. Kim's credentials.