Following Kim Jong-un? Senior executives also appeared as a couple

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Cho Yong-won, the organizing secretary and head of the organization and guidance department of the North Korean Workers’ Party of Korea (left), prepares medicines to send to residents of Haeju and Gangryong-gun, South Hwanghae Province, where an acute enteric-intestinal epidemic has occurred with his wife. (Pyongyang Rodong Sinmun = News 1)

This year, North Korean high-ranking executives have been shown publicly through the media as a ‘married couple’, attracting attention.

On the 17th, the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, released photos related to the fact that the organization and leadership of the Party Central Committee and the workers in charge of the propaganda and agitation department sent home-prepared medicines to residents of Haeju and Gangryong-gun, South Hwanghae Province, where an acute enteric infectious disease occurred.

In the photo, Cho Yong-won, the organization’s secretary and head of the organization’s guidance department, and Ri Il-hwan, the propaganda secretary, are sitting side by side with their wife in what appears to be their home, and they are putting in a box of medicines they have kept.

It is rare for top-ranking executives to closely accompany Kim Jong-un, such as Cho Yong-won and Ri Il-hwan, to appear in the media as a married couple.

In fact, before Kim took office, even the supreme leader of North Korea did not take for granted ‘married couples’. Occasionally, the wife and the supreme leader stood side by side to emphasize the ‘marital appearance’, even when appearing in public with his wife. For this reason, unlike his predecessors, when General Secretary Kim toured the local map with Ms. Ri Sol-ju and her husband and appeared on the diplomatic stage together, it was considered unconventional.

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The behavior of high-ranking North Korean officials as husband and wife was also detected in March. Chosun Central TV showed Cho Yong-won, Ri Il-hwan, and Choe Ryong-hae, chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, attending an equestrian competition held at the Mirim Equestrian Club in Pyongyang to commemorate the March 8 International Women’s Day (International Women’s Day) with their wives. will be.

Cho Yong-won, the organizer of the Workers’ Party of Korea and head of the organization and guidance department of the North Korean Workers’ Party (right), watches an equestrian match held at the Mirim Equestrian Club in Pyongyang with his wife on the occasion of the March 8 International Women’s Day (International Women’s Day). (Joseon Central TV Capture)© News 1

At that time, the wives watched the game while holding a bouquet of flowers in a somewhat awkward appearance since it was their first appearance on TV. In comparison, the front page photo of this newspaper looks more comfortable than before.

The reason why the North Korean media continuously released pictures of the couple together is presumed to be because it is accepted as a natural thing in North Korean society. Kim’s wife Lee entered the military parade with Secretary Kim at the military parade in April this year, inspected, and sat next to her at the banquet to show off her presence.

Or, it may be to produce natural scenes in various ways in order to reconsider the image of North Korea being evaluated as ‘rigid’ from the outside.

In any case, it is expected that the appearance of high-ranking executives together as a couple will become more frequent in the future. In addition to women’s day events and home medicine preparations, there seems to be a possibility to attend official events such as banquets and performances hosted by General Secretary Kim.

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(Seoul = News 1)

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