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. vinnieG

    Poor woman she has no choice, marry him or labor camp. But she is well provided for. So its not so bad.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. whatwhat

    i said whatwhat in the butt also first

    July 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • whatnot

      not first, learn to count.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Honest Truth

    How do these low-lifes look at themselves in the mirror every day?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Billiam

    First!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lukos58

    I don't think they met at a college party or a social function. Probably was a line-up of beautiful and complacent women and he picked her as the most likely to look good in front of the cameras. Look, Western media! Our fearless leader has attracted a mate that is only marginally taller than he is and understands her role as breeder and eye-candy, like your Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Fear our leader's virility!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • brainbomb

      ^Like

      July 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    In a country noted for poverty and lack of proper nutrition it overwhelms me to see pictures of these two looking so well fed.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    Her name is "Sum Yung Ho"

    July 25, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • brainbomb

      ^.Like

      July 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Miss Trixie

    Is it too naive to hope that this guy won't be evil like his father?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Corzich

    But is she an excellent horse-like lady?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tebojockey

    And in an act of gluttony and waste, rice was thrown at the wedding, thereby ensuring that the masses would cheer and follow.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    If Un lost 50 lbs he might be considered average looking. He should take up TaekwonDo.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Claire

    Oh please, what man would marry that ugly thing?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Portland tony

    This may be big news and of interest to some. Maybe CNN staffers and some North Koreans. But jeez...Who really cares?

    July 25, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    Do we send them a toaster?

    July 25, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    If they get divorced, he really WILL be Kim Jong Un married.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • brainbomb

      ^dislike

      July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHAT???

      Dork ^

      July 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
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