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North Korea gets new first lady as leader Kim Jong Un marries

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with Ri Sol Ju at the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground. Photo: REUTERS/KCNA

So it appears North Korea has a new first lady: Ri Sol Ju. Named as the new wife of Kim Jong Un; the twenty something leader of the world's most secretive state.

Her identity was a mystery for the last two weeks, ever since she was spotted at a concert which featured Disney characters earlier this month.

Was she a sister or a girlfriend? There was speculation she was a pop singer famed for her top hit entitled 'Excellent Horse Like Lady'. A video on You Tube features the video for the song set in a textile factory.

South Korean media claims that Ri Sol Ju, is 27 and a top scoring university graduate; hand picked by Kim's uncle to be the leader's spouse.

So the world's only Communist dynasty has a chance of continuation. It's been noticeable that Kim and his wife have been seen in a lot of recent photo opportunities at schools and kindergartens.

Photos released today by the North Korean State News Agency show the happy couple touring a new amusement park, admiring the mini golf course.

It was rare for his father Kim Jong Il to appear alongside a wife. He is reputed to have had four wives or consorts.

Could Ri Sol Ju's public appearances be part of a PR drive to try to present a warmer, more family orientated image of the North Korean leadership, even if Kim Jong Un controls a country trapped in the cold war.