North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is setting up a matchmaking contest to marry-off his younger sister, Kim Yo-jung, 29, according to The Sun, a British daily tabloid, quoting anonymous North Korean defectors.
The news contradicts a report from South Korea’s spy agency last year that she was married to politician Choe Ryong-hae’s son and expecting a baby. The report’s credibility also came into question with Kenji Fujimoto, personal chef to Jong-un’s predecessor and father, Kim Jong-il, who said in an interview after visiting the North Korean leader last month: “Yo-jung was still single.”
The British daily reported that there had been moves to find Yo-jung a husband in 2012 but the man failed to live up to her expectations.
Big brother is said to have decreed a set of rules for any North Korean who wants to be considered a candidate to become his sister’s husband.
They must have graduated or attend Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung University, be 178 centimeters or taller, good looking and must have served in the North Korean People’s Army.
But even if the candidates pass the rigorous vetting process, obstacles remain, because one defector revealed that Yo-jung is an egotistic woman with exacting standards.
“Kim Jong-un once chose 30 university graduates and students enrolled in master’s programs who served in the North Korean People’s Army,” the defector said. “They were all members of the Workers’ Party, with outstanding appearance and height taller than 175 centimeters.”