Singer or sister? Speculation is rife over who this woman is. Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS
A mystery woman pictured accompanying North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un to recent events has prompted speculation in Seoul about whether she is his partner or his younger sister.
The North’s state television on Sunday aired footage of the woman joining Kim Jong-un as he paid tribute to his late grandfather Kim Il-sung on the anniversary of his death in 1994.
Some South Korea media reports suggested she was Kim’s younger sister Yo-Jong. Others suggested she may be Kim’s wife or lover.
Top officials including ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam and army chief Ri Yong-ho accompanied the leader to Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Palace, where the embalmed body of the nation’s first president lies in state.
Who is she? Kim Jong-un is pictured during a visit to Kumsusan Palace with an unidentified woman. Photo: AFP/North Korean TV
The TV footage showed the woman, apparently in her twenties or thirties, walking next to the leader. She bowed with him before a portrait of Kim Il-sung.