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Be a nice place to test out China new toys its been developing as I doubt the international community will shed any tears at the loss of North Korea.
The saga of this man still continues and the crimes he has perpetrated against his people and even his own family remain staggering. The latest is speculation about his wife, Ri Sol-ju. It seems she is no angel and her hands may too be covered in blood but still I can't help being intrigued by her apparent disappearance.
She has not been seen in over two months – leading to speculation about her welfare.
He has already demonstrated his ruthlessness by executing both his uncle and his one-time mistress, not to mention numerous other North Koreans who have incurred his displeasure. But could Kim Jong Un, the country's new dictator, have purged even his own wife from his inner circle? Speculation as to the fate of Ri Sol-ju, the petite former singer whom he married in 2009, is growing in the aftermath of the sudden death of Kim's uncle, Jang Sung Taek, whose execution for treason was announced by Pyongyang last Thursday.
Christmas shopping in New York. ?
The killing of a man until now regarded as a regime stalwart has demonstrated that even family members are not safe – and prompted anxious speculation about the fate of Ms Ri, who regularly appears by her husband's side, but has not been seen in public since October.
On Tuesday, video footage was released by North Korean media appearing to show the pair at a memorial service commemorating the second anniversary of the death of father, Kim Jong Il, from whom Kim took over as leader of the world's only hereditary communist republic. But many North Korea experts claim the pictures were from a previous memorial service last summer, raising questions as to why there has so far been no live footage.
"Little more is known about her – even her name is thought to be a pseudonym – although she is believed to harbour a ruthless streak herself."
Some reports say it was she who requested the recent execution of Kim's former mistress, Hyon Song-wol, who was also a performer in the Unhasu Orchestra. The reason for this is speculation was, at the time, that the Unhasu Orchestra made a porn film.
The following month, a Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, reported claims from a high-level North Korean defector that the Unhasu Orchestra members had been actually executed for making pornographic films. He further alleged that the execution was designed to cover up Ms Ri's own involvement in such films, and that this might presage her own fall from grace.
His wife gave birth to a baby girl late last year and in Korea’s traditionally male-dominated society, this may not have fared well with Kim.
It's funny how when dealing with anything from North Korea the propaganda is immense with absolutely nothing to back up any of the claims.