North Korean state television has announced that leader Kim Jong Un is married, the Associated Press reports. According to Voice of America's Steve Herman, North Korea's new first lady is named Ri Sol Ju.

Intrigue built over several weeks as to the identity of a mystery woman who appeared next to the North Korean leader on a state television broadcast earlier this month. Rumors suggested she was either Kim's sister or his wife.

South Korean intelligence speculated the mystery woman was in fact singer Hyon Song Wol, with whom Kim allegedly had a previous relationship, only to have his then-ruling father, Kim Jong Il, put the kibosh on the romance.

A number YouTube videos showcase Ri Sol Ju's musical talents, including a performance for New Year 2011.

The report on Kim's nuptials has also opened up the Twitterverse to further speculation on the couple's marriage.


SimonNRicketts
North Korea's Kim Jong Un has apparently got married. So, it's when Two Become Un.


Daniel Sandford
But will baby be called Kim Jong L'il-Un?

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Below, check out photos from Kim Jong Un's latest promotion to "marshal," cementing his position as head of North Korea's military:

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  • Kim Jong Gum, a 19 year-old student of Kang Pan Sok Revolutionary School, poses for the camera as North Korean soldiers dance in the plazas of Pyongyang on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, after North Korea announced that leader Kim Jong Un was granted the title of marshal. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • North Korea's Vice-Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, speaks during a meeting at the April 25 House of Culture announcing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's new title of marshal, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

  • Kim Jong Gak, vice marshal and minister of the People's Armed Forces, applauds during a meeting at the April 25 House of Culture announcing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's new title of marshal, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • Pak Jae Gyong, vice-director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, left, speaks near portraits of former leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, during a meeting at the April 25 House of Culture announcing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's new title of marshal, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

  • North Korean soldiers dance in the plazas of Pyongyang on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, after North Korea announced that leader Kim Jong Un was granted the title of marshal, a move that cements his status at the top of the authoritarian nation's military as he makes key changes to the 1.2 million-man force. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • North Korean soldiers attend a meeting at the April 25 House of Culture announcing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's new title of marshal, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • North Korean soldiers applaud during a meeting at the April 25 House of Culture announcing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's new title of marshal, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • North Korean soldiers dance in the plazas of Pyongyang on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • North Korean soldiers dance in the plazas of Pyongyang on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)