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Vanishing belly bump suggests North Korean leader's wife has given birth

Before and after: a screen grab from North Korean TV yesterday (right) suggests Ri Sol-ju has given birth since an image (left) from mid-December. Photos: AFP

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

Friday, 4 January, 2013, 4:26am

Speculation mounts over heir for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (centre right) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (centre left) attend a New Year celebration event in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

North Korea’s next dynastic succession may have been secured, with new TV images of leader Kim Jong-un’s wife suggesting that Pyongyang’s first lady recently gave birth.

When state TV showed 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.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:48pm

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Shinzo Abe

Japan's comeback kid stormed to a convincing victory in last Sunday's general election. Abe, whose previous stint as prime minister ended just after a year in 2007, saw his Liberal Democratic Party secure a resounding majority in the lower-house election. But Abe faces some daunting challenges - not least of which is a territorial dispute with China.


23 Dec 2012 - 2:02am

Images suggest North Korea leader’s wife pregnant

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju attend a memorial ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il. Photo: AFP

The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared on state television on Monday looking heavily pregnant and fuelling expectations of an imminent addition to the ruling Kim dynasty.

17 Dec 2012 - 7:48pm