North Korea’s first lady has vanished from the public spotlight, with it now being seven months since dictator Kim Jong-un’s wife was last seen in public. Ri Sol-ju married Kim Jong-un in 2009, giving birth to his child and heir to the isolated nation. Throughout the years, she has lavishly appeared alongside her husband as he violently rules over the authoritarian and impoverished country. However, the last sighting of her was in March at a sporting event.
Outside observers of North Korea believe she may have fallen to an execution by the wrath of her husband, or possibly his equally tyrannical sister Kim Yo jong. Some international experts believe sister Yo jong is the actual power behind the government and is even more deadly than her brother. It’s possible she saw Ri Sol-ju as a threat, and ordered her secret execution.
Yonhap News Agency, a media observer of North Korea, reports:
“Ri showed up at public events every two months last year but has not appeared in public for over seven months this year. That’s quite extraordinary. Some sources speculate Ri’s disappearance may be linked to a check on her activities by Kim’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong.”
It could be likely we will never see Ri again. Hopefully, international observers will be able to determine her fate. It’s not the first time Kim Jong-un has killed off opposing relatives and family, such as his merciless execution of Jang Sung-taek, an uncle to the dictator.
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