First Lady of North Korea Ri Sol Ju Takes On Larger Role in First Appearance Without Kim Jong Un

Sofia Lotto Persio
First Lady of North Korea Ri Sol Ju Takes On Larger Role in First Appearance Without Kim Jong Un

North Korea officially recognized its leader Kim Jong Un's wife with the title of first lady. The state-controlled media used the honorific title in relation to Ri Sol Ju on Sunday as she made a first public appearance without her spouse. Ri, who used to be identified by the title "comrade," attended a performance of the classical ballet Giselle by the National Ballet of China, who were invited to perform in North Korea following Kim and Ri's visit to Beijing in March.