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SEOUL, South Korea — She was first spotted at a gala concert for the country’s who’s who, dressed in a trim black suit in the Chanel tradition. Then she popped up at a kindergarten, trailing photographers who caught images of her smiling gently at children clambering up a slide. Her latest appearance, at the inauguration of an amusement park, was yet another star turn: the cameras zooming in on the slim woman with the easy smile and fashionable polka-dot jacket.
The fact that Ms. Ri was introduced publicly at all was considered significant, the latest sign for North Korea analysts that Mr. Kim was breaking from the leadership style of his father, a dour man who was known for marrying beautiful performers but who never introduced them to his people.
Kim Jong-un has already shown a pattern of being more open and engaging. He appears to enjoy public events and interacting with children and the common soldier. Many of these recent appearances look like a re-enactment of his grandfather’s mingling with the people in better times.”
“It would put some of his new policies into the context of a North Korean version of Camelot,” Mr. Park said. “A dynamic and charismatic first lady could be very helpful in creating this image of Camelot. It’s definitely an uphill battle, but this image could generate some initial momentum.”
Mr. Kim has reportedly made a few substantive changes, including publicly acknowledging some failures that his father and grandfather would almost certainly have hidden. Amid debilitating food shortages, he has mentioned a “food problem” and vowed to fix it, and he admitted that an important rocket launching was a bust. He is also reported to be backing a program to allow hundreds of North Koreans to work in China to bring in much needed foreign currency, a risky plan that could expose many more of his countrymen to the world after years of a virtual information blackout.
It is also a matter of dispute how important the wives and female companions of North Korean leaders are. Confidential cables released by WikiLeaks suggested that at least one source for American government analysts thought the women played an important role. (One cable by the consulate in Shanghai quotes that source as saying that a woman close to Kim Jong-il was “extremely powerful” and the person who decided who had access to him.)
Originally posted by OccamAssassin
I saw this before and the first thing that struck me was the young lady's strong resemblance to the news anchor that started crying on NK state television, when news of Kim Jong-Il's death was announced.
It seems to be in plain sight but none of the media is picking up on it.
Originally posted by Klassified
Maybe we're in the process of seeing a "kinder, gentler," North Korea.
Originally posted by OccamAssassin
reply to post by jude11
This is amazing but I can't find the video anywhere. There is only the video of the older reporter in a Kimono.
Was I imagining it?
Nope....I managed to find a different recording of the same reporter I was referring to....skip to 1:38
Can anyone translate for us please? Just the name of the reporter.
We may not be able to make a connection if an identity was created, but at least we can rule it out if the reporter is still active.