Ro Sol Ju, who had not been seen since January 2020, took photos with her husband at a concert.
The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Ri Sol Ju, made her first appearance in the state media on Wednesday, accompanying her husband to a concert on one of the country’s biggest holidays.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of the couple at the birthday event for Kim’s late father and former leader Kim Jong Il.
Ri, who often accompanied Kim to major public events, hadn’t been seen since January last year when she was pictured at an event for the New Year holiday, sparking speculation about her health and possible pregnancy.
The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers Tuesday that Ri had apparently refrained from outside activities to reduce the risk of coronavirus but had “played well with her children”
The NIS believes Ri and Kim have three children, but little is publicly known about them.
Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju at a performance commemorating the birth anniversary of Kim Jong Il at the Mansudae Art Theater in Pyongyang [KCNA via Reuters]North Korea has not confirmed any COVID-19 cases, but the NIS said an outbreak cannot be ruled out due to the country’s close relationship with China, where the virus first emerged. Pyongyang closed its border early last year.
Ri and Kim smiled when they saw the concert at the Mansudae Art Theater in the capital, Pyongyang, surrounded by older men. Unlike several previous events, no one was wearing a mask in the photos, and no social distancing measures appeared to be in place.
The ruling Labor Party newspaper also reported that Kim was visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which houses the embalmed bodies of his father and grandfather, to lay wreaths on the anniversary, the Day of the Shining Star.