N Korea's Kim tours cosmetics plant with wife, sister

Laura Christensen
October 31, 2017

The North Korean leader's visit was broadcast on state media a day after US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the US would "never accept" a nuclear-armed North Korea.

Kim Jong-un has made a rare public appearance with his wife, touring a cosmetics factory which he thinks will help make North Korean women "more beautiful".

Ms Kim meanwhile can not be identified in the photographs, but the report by state news agency KCNA mentioned she was present along with other top officials.

Mr Kim's visit comes amid rising tension in the Korean peninsula over a series of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and escalating rhetoric between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump - who is due to visit South Korea's capital Seoul in about a week's time.

Over the years many countries have stopped importing luxury goods into North Korea as a result of sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jung Un supervises a demonstration of a new rocket engine for the geo-stationary satellite at the Sohae Space Center in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, September 20, 2016.

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The couple inspected the factory's production lines and took a close look at a mosaic of Kim's late father, Kim Jong II, entitled "To Provide Our People with Better Cosmetics".

Ri Sol Ju has been absent from the public eye for much of 2017, with much speculation she gave birth to the pair's third child around the start of the year.

"This can help women fulfil their dreams of becoming more attractive".

"The variety of cosmetics produced by the factory are numerous and qualitative", he said according to KCNA. Her exact age is unknown and she rarely makes public appearances.

Apart from attempting to become a nuclear powerhouse, North Korea announced Monday its five-year space plan too.

Mainstream daily JoongAng Ilbo reported yesterday that the police have arrested two North Korean agents allegedly tasked with tracking down Mr Kim Han Sol, 22, who has been in hiding since his father, Mr Kim Jong Nam, was murdered in Malaysia in February.

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