The wife of the North Korean leader appears for the first time in two months after & # 39; house arrest & # 39 ;.
- Ri Sol-ju seemed to have been kept inside after he appeared too carefree
- Her and her husband Kim Jong-un could be seen at football and a musical concert
The young woman from the leader of North Korea made her first public appearance in two months, ending what may have been a period of & # 39; house detention & # 39; had been because she was too carefree.
Ri Sol-ju was photographed earlier this year while she was smiling and walking around in a casual manner when she accompanied her husband Kim Jong-un, the newly appointed leader of the closed Stalinist state.
But then she disappeared from sight and provoked speculation that she might be pregnant, but more likely because she did not present the strict image promoted by her husband's late father, Kim Jong-il.
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The happy couple: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walks arm in arm with his wife Ri Sol-ju in July, before her two-month absence
Analysts say that despite the appointment of young Kim as supreme commander of the nation, he is still under the control of the military hierarchy, which ensures that he presents a rigid, authoritative image to the rest of the world.
That means that in the eyes of the masses, his wife must remain distant and unassailable, North Korea experts say.
But now Ri is back in the open and fuzzy TV photos from North Korea show her enjoying the company of her husband during a football match and a musical concert this week.
According to the official KCNA press agency & # 39; the performance of the couple during the concert drew & # 39; a thunderous shout from the audience & # 39 ;.
The presence of the couple also marked the first public appearance in two weeks by Kim Jong-un himself, who raised speculation that he received behavioral advice from the military hierarchy.
Too cheerful? Analysts think that Ri was kept at home because she was too & # 39; carefree & # 39; layman
The intelligence agency in South Korea is convinced that the sudden disappearance of Ri from the state media since early September is due to the fact that the nation's elders had raised a problem about its nonchalant and cheerful attitude.
& # 39; The analysis was that there was concern about violation of discipline (by Ri) among North Korean elders, plus the speculation of pregnancy, & # 39; reported the Chosun Ilbo newspaper in South Korea, citing the National Intelligence Service that had given a closed-door briefing to parliament.
Photos taken during the concert showed Ri in a long cream-colored jacket and what looked like a thickening waist, reinforcing the speculation that she is pregnant.
It was also suggested that she had been kept at home as a disciplinary measure because she had been seen in public without showing a red lapel pin with the image or images of the two previous leaders.
All senior North Koreans and those who work for the government must wear them.
Dress to impress: High-quality North Koreans must wear the red lapel pins as shown above
A pin is not visible in the latest photo & # 39; s from Ri but maybe she wears it under her coat.
If Ri is pregnant and she gives birth to a son, the Kim dynasty is insured.
If she has a girl, analysts say the hierarchy will insist that she try again.
The South Koreans have carefully studied photos of Kim and his wife, published on four pages in the newspaper Rodong Sinmun in the north. Facial expressions and the people who accompany the couple are all vital for intelligence collectors.
It was last July that North Korea finally put an end to speculation about the young woman who accompanied Kim during numerous events in and around the capital Pyongyang.
She was, said the state media, his wife – and those announcements were seen as a slight lifting of the veil of mystery-hiding events in the country.
But just as North Korea seemed to illuminate its harsh, reclusive image, the temporary disappearance of Ri has asked analysts to wonder if anything has changed at all.
Monuments: Kim Jong-un gives a speech during a ceremony to unveil statues of his grandfather Kim Il-sung and his father Kim Jong-il (below)
Video: North Korean TV video of performances by the wife of leader Kim Jong-un
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