Kim Jong-un is feeling ronery again:
Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of the new bride of Kim Jong-un, with reports suggesting that she has fallen foul of the old guard in the North Korean regime for failing to wear a lapel pin.
All North Koreans are required to wear the badge, featuring the face of Kim Il-sung, as a mark of their loyalty to the founder of the nation.
Ri Sol-ju, formerly the lead singer with the Ponchonbo Electronic Ensemble, was only officially unveiled as Kim’s wife in July but had previously been pictured accompanying the “Young General” on his visits to state-run farms, military units and official ceremonies.
Initially, state media missed no opportunity to play up the regime’s new First Lady, showing her at a gala in July wearing a black trouser suit and carrying what appeared to be a Chanel bag.
Ri’s appearances marked a major departure from traditional images of North Korean women, who are generally expected to wear skirts or baggy, Mao-style work clothes in shades of grey or brown.
She may have gone too far, however, by replacing the Kim lapel badge with more feminine flowered brooches.South Korean media have reported that Ri has not been seen in public for 40 days, giving rise to inevitable speculation about her fate.