February 08, 2023
Opinion

Seoul’s Pyongyang Baby Obsession: Is Kim Jong Un a Dad?

South Korean media speculates that Ri Sol Ju, wife of Kim Jong Un, may have already given birth

Last month, North Korea released an official photo of Ri Sol Ju’s visit to the burial place of Kim Jong Il, in commemoration of the late leader’s 71st birthday. But rather than focus on the commemoration of Kim Jong Il's passing or Kim Jong Un's attendance, an article from Seoul-based news agency Yonhap, focuses almost entirely on the body of the North Korean First Lady—specifically, a figure much slimmer than seen in images from earlier this year—leading to speculation about her pregnancy and childbirth.