SEOUL - North Korea may soon witness the birth of the fourth generation of its hereditary dictatorship as television pictures showed that the wife of the country's leader appeared to be heavily pregnant.
North Korean state television showed a pudgy Kim Jong-un and his wife paying homage on Monday at a national memorial service for Kim's father, former leader Kim Jong-il, who died a year ago.
The service was in a mausoleum that also houses the embalmed body of the country's founder, Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the current ruler.
In the footage, Kim's wife, Ri Sul-joo, was wearing traditional Korean black mourning clothes and looked to be pregnant. It was not possible to verify that she was pregnant and there was no official announcement by North Korean media.
The couple, accompanied by top officials of the secretive state, bowed deeply in front of 5 meter (16 feet) high statues of the late Kim Jong-il and his father, Kim Il-sung, the founder of the reclusive state.
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