Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China police foil plot to kill Kim Jong Nam's son

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been spotted in public for the first time in months - this time with his wife, Ri Sol-ju.

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.

It's unclear exactly when the images were taken, as they were released without a date. During a visit to the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory in the capital, Kim hailed its "world-level" products that realised "the dream of the women who want to be more beautiful", the official KCNA news agency reported.

The South Korean government believes the assassination of Mr Kim Jong Nam was ordered by Mr Kim Jong Un to get rid of a potential rival.

The country has reportedly achieved good results in producing national cosmetics.

Chinese police have foiled a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nephew, according to a South Korean report.

Mr Kim Han Sol, who grew up in Macau under Chinese protection as his father was in exile from North Korea, was last seen in March in a video posted on the website of humanitarian group Cheollima Civil Defence.

As the rotund ruler giggled as he was shown around, standing behind him was his dutiful wife Ri Sol-ju.

"This hearing will be an opportunity to learn how best to apply maximum diplomatic and financial pressure on the Kim regime", Royce said.

Kim said North Korea launched its first pilot communications satellite, Kwangmyongsong-1, in August 1998. Her exact age is unknown and she rarely makes public appearances.

Though he is better known for his photo ops at military installations and missile test sites, Mr Kim's visit to a cosmetics factory serves an important propaganda objective in telegraphing the legitimacy of Mr Kim's rule to the Pyongyang elite and middle-class.

"North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs", he said.

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