A little dictator for North Korea?

Last updated 09:24 04/01/2013
Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcomes in the New Year with a party and calls for peace in rare radio address. Jessica Gray reports.

Kim Jung-Un and his wife
HAPPY COUPLE: Kim Jung-Un and his wife last month.
Kim Jung-Un and his wife
SLIMMED DOWN: Kim Jung-Un and his wife in a more recent photo.

North Korea's first couple at New Year's

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There may be a new member of North Korea's Kim dynasty with speculation Kim Jong-Un's wife has given birth.

Videos of the country's New Year celebrations show Kim and his wife Ri Sol-Ju attending state events, with the first lady looking noticeably slimmer and wearing fitting clothes - a departure from the billowy dresses she was wearing a month prior.

South Korean media has gone into overdrive on her new look and what was originally thought to be Ri's demise,  is now thought to have been a pregnancy.

US news network ABC has focused on an appearance last month showing what appeared to be a swollen belly underneath a loose-fitting black dress.

Although no official word has been received from Pyongyang, it seems the first lady has given birth.

Ri, the former lead singer of a North Korean electric ensemble, was only unveiled as the wife of Jong-Un in July.

After that she frequently accompanied the "young general" on many formal appearances but then suddenly disappeared.

Initial speculation was that she may have been severely punished by older members of the regime for choosing to wear floral brooches rather than a pin depicting the face of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung.

It is apparently the law that all North Koreans wear the pin at all times.

At the New Year celebrations, Ri appeared back at her husband's side, wearing a fitted dress suit and watching an all-female choir sing 'When a Child is Born'.

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