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A NORTH Korean singer said to be leader Kim Jong-un’s ex and ru­moured to have been ex­e­cuted last year has ap­peared on state TV.

Py­ongyang s state TV showed Hyon Song-wol, the head of a band known as Mo­ran­bong, de­liv­er­ing a speech at a na­tional art work­ers rally in Py­ongyang on Fri­day.

She ex­pressed grat­i­tude for Kim’s lead­er­ship and pledged to work harder to stoke the flame for art and cre­ative work”.

Her ap­pear­ance came af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion on whether she was alive.

Ja­pan s Asahi Shim­bun and South Korean me­dia said in Septem­ber that Hyon, mem­bers of the Un­hasu Orches­tra and other state mu­si­cians had been ex­e­cuted by fir­ing squad for tap­ing them­selves hav­ing sex.

Asahi said the rare ex­e­cu­tion of state per­form­ers had been or­dered to pre­vent ru­mours spread­ing about the sup­pos­edly deca­dent life­style of North Korean first lady Ri Sol-ju while she was an en­ter­tainer.

North Korea de­nied the re­ports, call­ing them an un­par­don­able crime. The North’s state news agency, KCNA, said the re­ports were the work of psy­chopaths and con­fronta­tion ma­ni­acs” in the South Korean govern­ment and me­dia. AFP

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