North Korea’s leader tours cos­met­ics plant with wife and sis­ter

Kuwait Times - - International -

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un took his stylish wife and pow­er­ful sis­ter to a make-up plant for a “field guid­ance trip” amid the coun­try’s nu­clear stand­off with the US. Dur­ing a visit to the Py­ongyang Cos­met­ics Fac­tory in the cap­i­tal, Kim hailed its “worldlevel” prod­ucts that re­al­ized “the dream of the women who want to be more beau­ti­ful”, the of­fi­cial KCNA news agency re­ported.

Kim was ac­com­pa­nied by Kim Yo-Jong, his younger sis­ter and a se­nior mem­ber of the rul­ing Work­ers’ Party, it said, with pho­tos show­ing Kim’s wife Ri Sol-Ju fol­low­ing him at the fac­tory in a flo­ral pat­tern dress. The two are seen as the most pow­er­ful women in the iso­lated, deeply pa­tri­ar­chal na­tion. They have of­ten ac­com­pa­nied Kim to of­fi­cial events since he took power in 2011, in a break from the past when for­mer lead­ers’ spouses or sis­ters rarely made pub­lic ap­pear­ances.

Ri, a for­mer star singer also known for her affin­ity for lux­ury fash­ion, is known to have three chil­dren with Kim. Yo-Jong, be­lieved to be in her 20s, was pro­moted ear­lier this month to be an al­ter­nate mem­ber of the party’s pow­er­ful polit­buro-the de­ci­sion-mak­ing body presided over by her brother. Known to be han­dling the party’s pro­pa­ganda op­er­a­tions, Yo-Jong has been seen ac­com­pa­ny­ing Kim closely and in a ca­sual man­ner-rare among the coun­try’s top of­fi­cials-at high-pro­file pub­lic events. Both Kims were born to the late ruler Kim JongIl and his third part­ner Ko Yong-Hui, a for­mer dancer.

At the fac­tory they viewed a mo­saic of their fa­ther en­ti­tled “To Pro­vide Our Peo­ple with Bet­ter Cos­met­ics”, KCNA re­ported Sun­day. The Kim fam­ily has ruled the im­pov­er­ished but nu­clear-armed state with an iron fist through three gen­er­a­tions since the na­tion was es­tab­lished in 1948. Ten­sions have been high on the penin­sula with the North con­duct­ing its sixth nu­clear test in Septem­ber and launch­ing mul­ti­ple mis­siles ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the main­land of its “im­pe­ri­al­ist en­emy” the US. Kim and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump have traded threats of war and per­sonal in­sults against each other in re­cent months, spark­ing global alarm.


PY­ONGYANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (left) in­spects the Py­ongyang Cos­met­ics Fac­tory, as his wife Ri Sol-Ju (2nd right) looks on.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.