From Beijing, Sky TV’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lisa Holland reports that a “mystery over the identity of a woman seen by the side of the leader of the world’s most reclusive nation may have been solved. South Korean intelligence experts have been poring over images of the young woman pictured with Kim Jong-Un last week. According to the experts, she is Hyon Song-Wol – a pop star who first met Kim Jong-Un a decade ago after he returned from an elite private school in the Swiss city of Berne. But his father Kim Jong-Il, who died last December, reportedly ordered him to end the relationship”.
But now that the Dear Leader has moved on, nothing can stop Kim Jong-Un from finding true love . . . and the object of his affection not only changes his complexion but used to be the vocalist of the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble (보천보전자악단). And below is one of her greatest hits: The original song title translates into “A Girl In The Saddle Of A Steed (준마처녀),” but has now been rendered as “Excellent Horse-Like Lady” to great global acclaim.
“Our factory comrades say in jest,
Why they tell me I am a virgin on a stallion
After a full day’s work I still have energy left
My skills are truly like lightening they say
They say I am a virgin on a stallion
Yet again today I was the first to leave for work
Apparently my name was in the paper”
On its dedicated website, the DPRK leadership announces to the virtual world that the ‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a genuine workers’ state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. The workers, peasants, soldiers and intellectuals are the true masters of their destiny and are in a unique position to defend their interests’. On Sunday, 15 July, the Korean Central News Agency declared that ‘Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, visited Kyongsang Kindergarten. Smart children presented bunches of fragrant flowers to him, saying “Thank you dear respected General Kim Jong Un very much.” He gently patted them on their cheeks, asking how old they were. He entered the playground, kindly taking them in his arms. “It is nice to see the playground covered with rubber mat”, he said, watching with a broad smile children merrily using amusement facilities: some were competing with each other with their knees bent and others were riding on swing boats, plane-shaped slides, rocket-shaped plane on the lawn. He dropped in at the room dedicated to the history of the kindergarten. He praised the kindergarten for producing many music wonders, mentioning every artiste who learned music at the kindergarten. Watching the children lost in playing, he was greatly satisfied with the good arrangement of the general playground. Looking at Ri Kang Juk, head of the kindergarten, he said he revisited it because it is important to develop pre-school children’s intellectual faculties and he wanted to project her doing her job well. Kyongsang Kindergarten could be modernly spruced up thanks to the help from the related units but it was largely ascribable to her work style. He gave her the highest appreciation by giving an instruction to widely introduce her and generalize her work style. He visited the junior third class to watch the children drawing paintings with crayons and their skills, emphasizing the need to teach them well how to draw so they might acquire ability to observe things and phenomena from childhood. Watching a notice board “Who is more gentle” full of red stars, he noted that using the board is a good educational method suited to the feelings of the children who wish to do more good things than others. He also saw the children of the senior fifth class making a composition entitled “To boast my mother” and smart children dancing in the rhythmic room. Then he dropped in at the physical training room and had a photo taken with the children, taking them in his arms. At the piano room he was pleased to see the children playing pianos skillfully, saying they were good at finding harmonic intervals. He kindly took the hand of Kim Hyang Suk, head of the department for piano education, who has brought up a lot of juvenile music prodigies, expressing his hope for steady success in her future work. Then he visited the underground wading pool and learned about the temperature of water. He enjoyed a performance given by the children of the kindergarten at the hall. That day he presented Kyongsang Kindergarten with gifts. He had a photo taken with the officials and teachers of the kindergarten. He was accompanied by Jang Song Thaek, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK and vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK, Ri Jae Il, first vice-department director of the C.C., the WPK, and Pak Chun Hong, vice-department director of the C.C., the WPK’.