July 25th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un married, South Korean officials say

North Korea's youthful leader, Kim Jong Un, has married a woman identified as Ri Sol-Ju, North Korean state TV reported Wednesday, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.

Little is known about Kim, who became the third generation of his family to lead his reclusive country when he assumed power following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in December.

Kim Jong Il, known as "Dear Leader" had ruled for 17 years after inheriting power from the country's founding father, Kim Il Sung, the eternal president and "Great Leader." Kim Jong Un was granted the title of "supreme leader." His age is still a source of speculation, though it's thought he's in his late 20s.

Recently the leader had been seen alongside a "mystery woman" at a Pyongyang theater to watch a performance of North Korea's Moranbong band. The display included a cast of Disney characters.

That outing wasn't her only high-profile appearance at the North Korean leaders' side.

The same woman was seen on state TV a few days later walking a few paces behind Kim as he toured Kumsusan Palace in Pyongyang, then standing to attention at Kim's side as they and top military officials paid tribute to his grandfather Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding father, on the anniversary of his death.

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  1. razzledazzle ©

    Who cares!!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    So her name is Ri Sol Ju Un now?
    Sounds like the name of a used-car salesman who sold me a lemon...

    July 25, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rowan

      Actually it's probably now kim sol ju

      July 29, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Portland Tony:
    In all seriousness, you are right...I can care not one jot about who this persom marries...and with all of the world's detecting skills, they cannot find out exactly how old he is?? Really??

    By make it a four-slice toaster...wonder if they're registered at Target?

    July 25, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    You just gotta love that dudes haircut.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    So is he married or not ? That headline is kind of confusing.

    North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un married.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |

    The lady is musicly inclined, has three recordings, Lost in tpranslation but top song about " a woman on a horse", ( not up to speed on language translation and fori those who understan asian music is as much felt as heard).
    Long time off and on affair.
    She is not a mystery woman in N Korea any more than any woman in world is, "Without the feminen mystique, where be the romance"

    July 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hide Behind:
      You do seem to be in the know; how old *is* Kim Jong Un anyway?
      When is his birthday?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. makesnosense

    What's the point of being a dictator if you are going to ruin all the fun you could have at your people's expense by getting married. Just goes to show, you don't need to be smart to be a head of state. Best wishes!

    July 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yeah Yeah Yeah

    How do you know his father was evil?? Oh! let me guess......... America said he was evil right? Right? Brainwashing is more deadly than any STD. Wake up America

    July 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brainwashed Americans

    It's nice to know that you sheepamericans seem to know all the so~called bad guys on a personal level

    July 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @Yeah Yeah

    Well we do need our Kim jongs, Saddams, OBLs,Ghaddafis and such. How else would we drive our people on the cattle trail we carve for them ??

    July 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    When and where did they first meet ? What was she wearing? I think our investigative journalists should get on to that, its imperative.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    @gutbomb, I mean brainbomb : what did I say that you "dislike" so much?

    July 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |

    Age of new leader, hard to peg and even our immigration services and staye dept have hard time figuring mot just N. Korea but many Asian nations peoples ages
    In traditional korea age at birth begins at 1 not zero, but even here there can be variance, females figured on full moon and males by new moon.
    The importance of actual birthdate is high but most important to note that common or high born celebrate and do not announce birth until the 100th day of life.
    This tradition stems mainly from insecurity of life due to high rates of death among newborns, not just today but always in Koreas past.
    Koreans age is figured by lunar
    year event, so. child born just
    before lunar year may be 1 yr within days they could be 2 yrs.
    N. Korea uses our international method in laws such as legal booze and marriage ages but aldo its old calander.
    As to age of new leader, while I am mere novice I place his age as older, our calander,at 30-32.
    Theon some as myself got aeay from using just what the male does but looked at timelines fromSouth Koreans rememberances of marriage date, the female perspective
    Old leaders age and records are more easily verified as only latter part of his life was kept secret, including marriages.
    I believe state does know down to exact date fue to defections and mass record keping of inffo on North from even before Korean conflict.
    Wihen you want to scare the heck out of people you can' t have a boogyman that has birthday partys, or one that marrys a comely and talanted woman.
    In the case of N. Korea we want a
    dragon Warlord and a Dragon Lady.
    N. Korea is realy not that secretive when it comes to event happenings. from births of leaders children to removal of military and civilian officers, the inner reasons why, now that is a different matter.
    30-32 bet a buck on it!

    July 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Thanks@Hide Behind. Un's age is a matter of National Security. For how long we would have to deal with him does so matter.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    WHO GIVES A HOOT!!? He will continue in the ways of his father, because the MILITARY LEADERS will make him!! Just another 2 bit leader that will live "high on the hog" while HIS people starve to death! HUMMMMM, now that you think about it, it sounds very familiar!? Rich get richer, and the poor get poorer!!!

    July 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
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