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Wife and sister have Kim’s ear, and that bodes well for peace

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Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (1941-2011) rarely allowed his voice to be heard in the media. The first time I heard it was in June 2000 in a TV news segment covering the historic summit between the two Koreas. I can still recall his unassuming speech and raspy voice.

At the time, next to nothing was known about his wife. The state media never touched the subject, and her identity remained shrouded in mystery.

But the situation is quite different with Ri Sol Ju, the wife of Kim's son and successor, Kim Jong Un. The media have........

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