Kim Jong Un Marries

The leader of North Korea has apparently gotten married:

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s state-run news media announced on Wednesday that its young leader Kim Jong-un had married, and identified his wife as Ri Sol-ju.

The North’s Central TV showed Mr. Kim visiting an amusement park in Pyongyang together with a young stylish woman, and identified her as “Comrade Ri Sol-ju, wife of Marshal Kim Jong-un,” South Korean officials said. A North Korean state-run radio station also identified the woman as Mr. Kim’s wife.

In recent weeks, North Korean media has shown the same woman accompanying Mr. Kim in several state functions, triggering speculation over who she was. The couple attended a July 6 concert that featured Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. They later visited a kindergarten together.

The North Korean television report did not say when the couple was married.

Mr. Kim, still believed to be in his late 20s, took over top leadership in Pyongyang after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in December.

He has recently begun projecting himself as a young leader self-confident enough to attempt a different ruling style from that of his dour and reclusive father. North Korean television showed Mr. Kim raising a thumb at a girl group singing the theme song of the iconic American movie “Rocky” during the same concert that featured Mickey Mouse.

How, exactly, do you sing the theme from Rocky?

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Franklin says:

    Hmm, like “I Love Lucy” and the theme from the Andy Griffith show, maybe Rocky has lyrics that we don’t know about.

  2. At first I parsed the headline as “Kim Jong (Un Marries)” ratther than “(Kim Jong Un) Marries”