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KOREA TIMES (South Korea), TWITTER

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More than two weeks after the first photos of the couple surfaced, North Korean state media has announced that the nation's young leader Kim Jong-un is indeed married to "Comrade Ri Sol-ju." The couple had been photographed together early July at a concert, during a visit to an amusement park construction site and at a kindergarten, reports the Korea Times.

Here are some snarky details from Australian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent in Northern Asia:

Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute, identified the young lady as a 27-year-old graduate of Kim Il-sung University, says the newspaper.

"Two highly credible sources confirmed that she is the North's first lady. She is from an upper-class family, with a father who is a professor and her mother an obstetrician," said Cheong Seong-chang.

Cheong said Ri married Kim in 2009 and gave birth to a child the following year.

"The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arranged his youngest son's marriage in a hurry after suffering a stroke in 2008," according to Cheong.

This is a video of Ri Sol-ju performing at a New Year's Eve Concert in 2011 :

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