North Korea has finally responded to persistent rumours that leader Kim Jong-Un had plastic surgery to look like his revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial criticising "sordid" media reports. Speculation that Kim's resemblance to the country's founding leader, Kim Il-Sung, is not 100 percent natural has been around for some time, though with little or no supporting evidence. The rumours have been partly fed by the undeniable fact that Kim Jong-Un has sought to evoke memories of his grandfather in numerous ways, through his dress, haircut, gestures and public appearances. And there is a clear physical resemblance. But Pyongyang's patience with reports of plastic surgery appears to have run out. "The false report... released by enemies is a hideous criminal act which the party, state, army and people can never tolerate," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary Wednesday. Insisting that the very idea of Kim, who is in his late 20s, … [Read more...] about N. Korea slams Kim Jong-Un plastic surgery reports
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North Korea's next dynastic succession may have been secured, with new TV images of leader Kim Jong-Un's wife suggesting that Pyongyang's first lady recently gave birth. When state TV showed Ri Sol-Ju attending a memorial service for her husband's late father Kim Jong-Il in mid-December, she appeared heavily pregnant with her loose-fit traditional dress barely hiding a swollen belly. But more recent images of her attending an official New Year's party showed her wearing a well-fitted two-piece skirt suit with no physical sign of pregnancy. Speculation was fuelled by the official performance, which included an all-woman band singing a version of the Christmas favourite "When a Child is Born" made popular by Johnny Mathis. South Korean television and newspapers on Thursday ran before-and-after photos with speculative captions. "The bulging stomach has gone down ... has Ri Sol-Ju given birth?" asked the Dong-A Ilbo daily. "Ri Sol-Ju with her tummy reduced in 11 days. Has she come … [Read more...] about An heir for North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un?
SEOUL, April 5 - Like his father Kim Jong-Il, North Korea's new young leader Kim Jong-Un is viewed by much of the outside world with a heady mix of incomprehension, ridicule and fear. One month later, they're wondering if he might be on the brink of tipping the Korean peninsula into a catastrophic conflict. The current crisis, with its nuclear threats and Kim's lurid exhortations to his troops to "break the waists of the crazy enemies and totally cut their windpipes" has placed the young leader firmly in the global spotlight. But while more of a public personality than his introverted father ever was, Kim remains an enigmatic figure, especially on a personal level. He's young, but it's unclear how young, with reports ranging from 28 to 30. He has a stylish, attractive wife, but how many children he has or what gender they are is a mystery. As far as personal tastes go, his apparent affection for amusement parks and Disney characters sits oddly with his position as supreme … [Read more...] about The known unknowns of Kim Jong-Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been married since 2009 and his wife once visited South Korea, a Seoul lawmaker said Thursday, a day after the secretive North first disclosed the match. … [Read more...] about N. Korea’s Kim married in 2009: Seoul lawmaker