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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News
By Alexander Smith

The wife of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un has made her first public appearance in four months, pictures published by the secretive state's official news agency show.

Ri Sol Ju accompanied her husband and other North Korean officials to a soccer game in Pyongyang, KCNA reported. The game was part of celebrations to mark the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, founder of North Korea and Kim Jong Un's grandfather.

The Kim family has ruled the hermit nation since it was established in 1948.

The outing ended an unexplained absence from the public eye for Kim's wife since December, when she attended the third anniversary of the death of her husband's father, Kim Jong Il.

Kim Jong Un himself failed to appear in the country's otherwise regular stream of official photos for around six weeks last year. The disappearance sparked international speculation until Kim finally emerged walking with a cane in October.