KIM JONG-UN’S WIFE COMES OUT OF HIDING IN EXTRAORDINARY VIDEO TO CELEBRATE H-BOMB’S ‘PERFECT SUCCESS’

KIM Jong-un’s wife has emerged from the shadows to attend a lavish banquet in honour of the country’s nuclear weapons developers.

A smiling Ri Sol-ju, 27, was photographed at the North Korean leader’s side at a gala banquet celebrating last week’s hydrogen bomb test, which was so powerful it caused an earthquake.

The party was held on the government’s 69th anniversary, a date many had feared would be marked with another missile test.

Mr Kim and Ms Ri stood and clapped with the crowd following a performance of patriotic songs and cultural dance at the People’s Theatre in Pyongyang before reportedly tucking into a large feast.

Mr Kim heaped praise on chief scientist Ri Hong Sop and Hong Sung Mu at the bash for “taking the lead” in attaining the “final goal of completing the state nuclear and economic development”.

Mr Ri, who is the head of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Institute, and Hong, deputy director of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea’s munitions industry department, have been blacklisted by the South Korea, the United Nations and the US.

This is the first time Ri Sol-Ju, 27, has been seen in public since December. Picture: AFP / KCNA VIA KNS / STR /

This is the first time Ri Sol-Ju, 27, has been seen in public since December. Picture: AFP / KCNA VIA KNS / STR /Source:AFP

Ms Ri and her husband were treated to a performance of patriotic song and dance at an event honouring the country’s nuclear developers at the weekend. Picture: AFP / KCNA VIA KNS / STR /

Ms Ri and her husband were treated to a performance of patriotic song and dance at an event honouring the country’s nuclear developers at the weekend. Picture: AFP / KCNA VIA KNS / STR /Source:AFP

It was the first time Ms Ri has been seen in public since December, when she attended an air combat training competition with her husband.

Ms Ri is believed to have caught Kim’s eye at a classical music concert in 2010 when she was a member of the national Unhasu orchestra.

In July 2012, state media confirmed the pair had married, ending weeks of speculation in the South Korean press, although their exact wedding date remains unknown.

Last year, the First Lady vanished for seven months, sparking fears she had fallen out of favour and been executed, only to appear alongside her husband at an air combat training competition in December.

News agency Yonhap later attributed her extended leave to pregnancy, citing South Korean politicians who were briefed by the National Intelligence Service on the birth of the couple’s third child in February.

They already have two children whose genders have never been publicly disclosed. North Korea watchers have theorised Ms Ri may have been pressured into trying for a boy if the first two were girls.

Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-Ju visit a wading pool at the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang in 2012. Picture: AFP / KCNA via KNS

Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-Ju visit a wading pool at the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang in 2012. Picture: AFP / KCNA via KNSSource:AFP

The First Lady, pictured in 2012 shortly after her marriage to Kim Jong-un, has a penchant for Western fashion and designer goods. Picture: AFP / KCNA via KNS

The First Lady, pictured in 2012 shortly after her marriage to Kim Jong-un, has a penchant for Western fashion and designer goods. Picture: AFP / KCNA via KNSSource:AFP

Flamboyant basketballer and friend of the Supreme Leader, Dennis Rodman, told reporters Ms Ri had “kept talking about their beautiful baby daughter”, following a visit to the hermit kingdom in 2013.

When she has made public appearances, she has favoured Western-style fashion and is believed to have a penchant for designer goods.

In 2012, Ms Ri caused an international stir when she was snapped with a $1700 Christian Dior handbag at a time when an estimated 84 per cent of North Koreans endured “borderline” or “poor” levels of food consumption, according to the UN.

That same year, the UN’s Commission of Inquiry Report into North Korea estimated Mr Kim squandered more than AUD $745 million on “luxury goods”, including cosmetics, handbags, leather products, watches, electronics, cars and top-shelf alcohol.

Mr Kim and his wife Ri Sol-Ju inspect the newly built Mirae Shopping Centre in Pyongyang in early 2016. Picture: AFP / KCNA via KNS

Mr Kim and his wife Ri Sol-Ju inspect the newly built Mirae Shopping Centre in Pyongyang in early 2016. Picture: AFP / KCNA via KNSSource:AFP

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