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N. Korean leader Kim goes on outing after introducing wife

All Headlines 10:44 July 27, 2012

SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has attended a music performance together with his recently unveiled wife, state media said Friday, their first reported outing since the wife's identity was revealed to the outside world for the first time earlier this week.

The wife has been a focus of speculation since earlier this month when state media began showing her closely accompanying the young leader during a series of public appearances without identifying who she was.

The North's media identified her as the leader's wife, Ri Sol-ju, on Wednesday. Seoul's intelligence agency said the 23-year-old Ri, who is believed to have been educated in music and sang in a national orchestra, married Kim in 2009 and may have a child with the leader.

On Friday, Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the couple viewed a music performance by the music band of the country's police force Internal Security Forces held in Ponghwa Art Theatre in Pyongyang a day earlier.

The singing and dance performance was held to celebrate victory in the Korean War, the North Korean holiday that marks the July 27 truce in 1953 that ended the 1950-53 conflict.

"The performers sang of the undying feats of Kim Il Sung, who wrought miracles of history by defeating the most atrocious U.S. imperialists in the war," KCNA reported.

Kim expressed great satisfaction over the performance, which extolled the country's Songun, or military-first, revolution, it said.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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