A mysterious young woman who appeared at the side of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in recent footage from the North's state broadcaster is "confirmed to be his wife", a South Korean channel reported on Tuesday.
Quoting an unnamed source from North Korea, YTN said Kim's wife is a 27-year-old from Cheongjin, North Hamgyeong Province. She graduated from Kim Il-sung University, married the young leader in 2009 and gave birth to a daughter, the broadcaster said.
The woman, whom YTN identified only by her surname Hong, emerged as the subject of speculation in recent days after she appeared on TV on Sunday with Kim at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the death of his grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il-sung.
She was also shown on Saturday seated next to Kim at a concert.
However, YTN said South Korean authorities have not confirmed the identity of the woman.