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She's also related to Ri Pyong Chol, one of Kim's closest aides and former head of the country's air force.
Madden said that, while Kim was believed to have gone through somewhat of a dating period, the future North Korean leader and Ri were likely matched together by the country's political elite.
S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
Keep up with this story and more Madden explained that this job, which he said likely linked her to the propaganda wing of the state's security service, as well as her father's influential rank in North Korea's air force, helped her establish the social "pedigree" necessary to be considered a partner for Kim.
She's believed to be a few years younger than her 33-year-old husband and was first revealed to be Kim's wife by North Korea's state-run media in July 2012, days after previously appearing beside Kim at a concert held for the upper echelons of North Korean society and among officials at what would later prove to be her father-in-law's funeral in 2011.
Ri's sudden, unannounced presence next to Kim prompted mass speculation about her identity in foreign media, and while many questions remain unanswered, experts have done their best to paint a biographical picture of North Korea's first lady.
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Ri has appeared beside the young North Korean leader at a number of high-profile events, but has also disappeared from the public eye for months at a time.Activists wear face masks of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju (L), as they "beg" for money during an anti-Pyongyang rally urging North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons in Seoul, on January 31, 2013.Like Melania Trump, the North Korean first lady has been subject to scorn because of her husband's nuclear-fueled rhetoric.Kim has not abandoned his father and grandfather's style of absolute rule, and in some ways, enhanced its ruthlessness by allegedly purging high-ranking officials skeptical of the youngest Kim's leadership.He has, however, displayed a greater willingness to break rank and engage with his population, and observers say his unprecedented step of introducing the public to his wife was symbolic of that."It looks almost like a North Korean version of Camelot," John S.
Kim's decision to introduce Ri was likely no coincidence, either.