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An heir for North Korea's Kim Jong Un?

Published on Jan 3, 2013 1:41 PM
This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Dec 17, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (right), accompanied by his wife Ro Sol Ju (left) and senior officials of the party and North Korean Army paying respect to late leader Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Palace in Pyongyang on the first anniversary of his death. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's next dynastic succession may have been secured, with new television images of leader Kim Jong Un's wife suggesting that Pyongyang's first lady recently gave birth.

When state tv showed Ms Ri Sol Ju attending a memorial service for her husband's late father Kim Jong Il in mid-December, she appeared heavily pregnant with her loose-fit traditional dress barely hiding a swollen belly.

But more recent images of her attending an official New Year's party showed her wearing a well-fitted two-piece skirt suit with no physical sign of pregnancy.

Speculation was fuelled by the official performance, which included an all-woman band singing a version of the Christmas favourite "When a Child is Born" made popular by Johnny Mathis.

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