• N. Korean Leader's Wife Makes First Appearance In Over Year

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, watch a performance in Pyongyang on Feb. 16, 2021. (Photo: Yonhap News)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, watch a performance in Pyongyang on Feb. 16, 2021. (Photo: Yonhap News)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's wife made her first public appearance in over a year Tuesday, according to state media, after speculation her absence could be related to COVID-19 or a possible pregnancy.

The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported Wednesday that Ri Sol-ju joined the regime leader at a concert commemorating the birthday of his father and predecessor Kim Jong-il.

The newspaper published photos of the
couple smiling broadly at the Mansudae Art Theatre in Pyongyang.

Ri was last seen in January 2020 at an event for the Lunar New Year holiday.

None of the audience members or performers wore masks in the pictures.

Pyongyang has continued to insist that it has no coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic.
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