Kim Jong-un has a new title. The North Korean sole ruler now calls himself ‘president’, a title previously used by his late grandfather and founder of the North Korean state of Kim Il-sung. He wore the title of “eternal president.”
Kim Jong-un thus far only bore the title of ‘chairman’. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, the change in the title was motivated by Kim‘s desire to normalize his position on the international stage.
Last month, the North Korean supreme leader also acquired a new position. At the party congress of the North Korean Workers’ Party, he was appointed General Secretary, a title previously reserved to his father Kim Jong-il.
Wednesday also appeared in public Kim Jong-un‘s wife Ri Sol-ju for the first time in more than a year. She appeared in Pyongyang with her husband at a concert on the occasion of The Shining Star Day, the birthday of Kim’s father and one of the most important holidays in the country. The state newspaper Rodon Sinmun published photographs of the couple.
Ri had not been seen in the public since January of last year, causing hotly speculation about her health and any pregnancy. According to South Korean intelligence NIS, Ri seems to have abandoned public activities to avoid the coronavirus, but she was in line for her children. According to the service, the couple has three children.
Ri and Kim were photographed laughing while watching the concert at the Mansudae Art Theatre. It was striking that in the pictures no one in the audience wore a mouthcap or kept a distance.
After the concert, Kim went to the Kumsuan Palace, where the embalmed bodies of his grandfather and father were laid out, to lay a wreath there.