North Korean analysts believe that North Korean First Lady Ri Sol-ju had fallen out of favour with the communist country leader Kim Jong-un after her temporary disappearance from the public eye.
According to insiders, it is also possible she may give birth to an heir.
Analysts and observers are speculating the true whereabouts of the North Korean dictator’s wife. A domestic issue with Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong may also shed light in the disappearance of the First Lady.
Yo-jong is regarded as the growing power behind teh throne in the last few months. She is in charge of North Korea’s Propaganda and Agitation Department — the equivalent of public relations for the North Korean Office.
According to Waseda University Professor Toshimitsu Shigemura in Tokyo who specialises in the study of North Korean politics, Ri’s disappearance is possible for several reasons.
One speculation is Sol-ju’s possible pregnancy or a problem with Jong-un’s sister.
There have also been several attempted attacks by factions in the North Korean army against Kim Jong-un in the last year. It is possible that Sol-ju is being closely defended with guards.
Toshimitsu believes that Yo-jong has significant powers over her brother who may lack political ability because she understands the manoeuvres required to keep him in power.