Kim Jong-un’s world of sleaze: ‘Joy Squad’ parties, hookers and executions

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang Credit: Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly keeps two “official” women despite recently welcoming a son with his wife.
Credit: Reuters

Twelve people were reportedly executed in North Korea this month on pornography charges. Among them was high-profile singer Hyon Song-wol, a rumored former lover of the Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, with many observers suggesting she paid the price for causing embarrassment.

Her case is typical of a culture of sleaze surrounding the Premier, North Korean sources told Metro. “Kim Jong-un met and fell in love with Ms. Hyon at a ‘Joy Squad’ party,” a former regime official from Pyongyang said. “She accompanied Kim Jong-un on his business trips to rural areas to spend romantic time alone.”

The affair did not last long and the leader now has two “official” women, the insider said, despite the recent birth of a son by Ri Sol-ju, a musician with whom Kim has been able to cultivate a modern image. The source said Ri suffers from jealousy, and described a recent party in which she threw a glass at Kim.

The Joy Squad is a notorious institution that is part of the kim family dynasty. “They were royal palaces full of masseurs, dancers, musicians, prostitutes and exotic foreign imports,” Jasper Beckett, North Korea expert and author of “Rogue Regime,” told Metro.

“It’s very likely that Kim Jong-un has continued like his father, who had numerous wives and mistresses. His grandfather would drive around town and pick up any woman he wanted – you could have a hierarchy of wife, official mistress, mistress,” said Beckett.

The author goes on to add that previous flings have been exiled or worse. While there may be advantages to dating the Supreme Leader, mistresses should be advised he is a dangerous man to know.



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