July 27, 2012

Madame Kim, Please Be Careful

Evan Osnos, New Yorker

By some measures, Ri Sol-ju might seem to be having a great week. When North Korean television announced Wednesday that the nation’s precocious dictator, Kim Jong-un, is married to a woman named Ri Sol-ju (for how long, we don’t know), it put to rest weeks of speculation about the primly elegant, short-haired, high-heeled personage pictured beside Kim on his recent tours of looking at things and clapping for himself, including at a kindergarten and an amusement park. Ri, or Madame Kim, as we might come to know her, might take pride in knowing she was chosen from all others in a nation where, historically, the decider has done a lot of such choosing.

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