North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has awarded his wife the title "First Lady", a remarkable increase in rank before two consecutive summits with South Korea and the United States, analysts said.
Ri Sol Ju often accompanies his man at official events but has made his first solo public appearance to participate in ballet from a Chinese troupe.
The official North Korean media reported on this release by marking Ri as "Respected First Lady". This is the first time in 40 years that this formula has been used, along with an adjective that is usually reserved for leaders.
The star star in North Korea, Ri Chun Hee, who often returns to honor the great news, mentioned the event on television, further reinforcing his rank.
Rice elegant figure dressed in conjunction with a pink ensemble, along with senior North Korean officials often seen together with Kim Jong Un, including his younger sister Yo Jong
This former singer is considered by scientist to be a woman of influence but played the limited role of the leading wife of Korea's leader Nord Deep Patriarchal.
According to analysts, it is likely that his taking gallon will participate in the country's efforts to resemble a "normal state" before the summits with the South Korean president Moon Jae-in and his US counterpart Donald Trump.
It is attributed to him the same title as their wife Kim Jung-sook and Melania.
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"The Summit will take place between equal, if Melania Trump is present, Ri will be present, "says Mr. An to AFP. He notes that she accompanied her husband to Beijing last month at his first visit abroad since he was employed by the end of 2011.
The official media described Ri as "comrade". The name "First Lady" was last reserved for Kim Song Ae, the second wife of Kim Il Sung, founder of North Korea, in 1974.
Rice characters are still relatively mysterious. She is said to have had three children, at least one girl, with her husband.
According to South Korean intelligence, she comes from a regular family, a father's teacher and a midwife. .
Former member of the Unhasu orchestra, she continued according to the press of music studies in China. She was a cheerleader group sent south to an International Sports Competition in 2005.
In this country plagued by chronic poverty, she is famous for her taste of fashion and wearing luxury clothes. She was seen with a Christian Dior bag on her arm.
Some analysts also believe that Kim would strengthen her status because of the marginalization of her own mother, Ko Yong Hui.
Korean from Japan she had three children with Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il. But during her 28 years of marriage, she was moved to the backstage.
She died in 2004 of breast cancer, according to the press. She was treated in Paris and her remnants were resettled to Pyongyang.
It was not until 2012 that she received a tomb after Kim's arrival in power.
"I think Kim's trauma to seeing his mother live in the shadows is a factor," Judge Shin Beom-chul, an analyst at the Asan Institute for Political Studies. "This may have motivated him to raise his wife's status."
Unlike his father and grandfather, Kim Jong Un is often accompanied by the women in her life, mostly Ri and Yo Jong. Previously, the leaders or sisters of leaders were rarely seen publicly.
M. Kim sent her sister to the Winter Olympic Games to the south to make a charm offensive.
Her late father was known for her reserved nature and her inclination to not cut words.
Jong Un, whose regime is accused of widespread abuse of human rights, cultivates a more affordable and informal image. Her marriage also seems different.
In a meeting with a South Korean delegation in Pyongyang, Ri talked about "her husband" to talk about number one. She chuckled and applauded when a South Korean suggested that he quit smoking, according to the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun.
19/04/2018 09:00:33 –
Seoul (AFP) –
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