NIS Pins Down Age of N.Korean Bandleader

  • By Choi Kyung-woon

    January 31, 2018 13:29

    Hyon Song-wol arrives at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul to check facilities there on Jan. 22.

    The National Intelligence Service here on Tuesday answered the vital question how old North Korean bandleader-cum-apparatchik Hyon Song-wol is.

    The rumored former girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was born in 1977, the NIS claimed in a hearing of the National Assembly's Intelligence Committee.

    Estimates so far had ranged from 1972 to 1983, and since Hyon is pretty and plump, just looking at pictures of her has been no help.

    A source on the intelligence committee quoted the NIS as saying Hyon was born in Pyongyang in 1977, which would make her seven years older than Kim.

    "Hyon is married and has a bubbly personality, and is very loyal to Kim," the source quoted an NIS official as saying.

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