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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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