Marriage could link North Korea's two most powerful families
Unlike the aggressive behavior we've heard coming out of North Korea recently, Friday brought some decidedly different news - a marriage.
Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, has reportedly married. Yonhap News Agency reports she married some time last year and was spotted wearing a wedding ring in photos published by state-run media.
Citing unidentified Chinese sources, the news agency says Kim Yo Jong married Choe Song, the son of the second most powerful man in the country, Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae.
The senior Choe has been involved in several diplomatic missions, including a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2013 and visits to both South Korea and Russia last year.
The marriage of North Korea's two most powerful families, if true, is a move Bloomberg's South Korea correspondent says "adds to signs the Kim family is tightening its grip on power."
The emergence of Kim Yo Jong on the national scene is a break from tradition, with the North Korean leader's sister making her first public outing in March of last year.
And there's been speculations she is being groomed for a leadership role, especially on account of her new title: "senior official of the Party Central Committee."
But, as is the case with most of the inner workings of North Korea's elite, there's still very little known about Kim Yo Jong, her husband or even her brother -- the country's leader.
For example, even as the most public official in the country, so little is known about Kim Jong Un's family that it took former NBA star and improbable U.S.-North Korea envoy Dennis Rodman to confirm Kim had a daughter back in 2012.