The ex-girlfriend of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been promoted to his inner circle – four years after reports she had been executed.
Singer Hyon Song-wol was said to have been put to death by firing squad in August 2013 for allegedly making a sex tape.
But a year later the rumours were quashed when she appeared on national television.
During her brief cameo, she praised Kim Jong-un for his work in the arts sector.
Hyon fronts an all-female propaganda music group called Moranbong Band famous for a series of big hits including “The Footsteps of Soldiers”, “I Love Pyongyang” and “Excellent Horse Like Lady”.
Now her close ties with Jong-un have been taken to the next level as he moved her into his party’s central committee.
The reshuffle was announced to mark the founding anniversary of the ruling North’s Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) on October 10.
In a report Kim Jong-un claimed that North Korea’s “national economy has grown on their strength this year” despite the economic sanctions the country faces because of its nuclear programme.
He added: “The nuclear weapons of the DPRK are a precious fruition borne by its people’s bloody struggle for defending the destiny and sovereignty of the country from the protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists.”
Hyon Song-wol and Kim Jong-un met around 13 years ago, before either was married, but the dictator was forced by his father, Kim Jong-il, to end the relationship.
His jilted lover is understood to have later married an officer in the North Korean military and gave birth to his child.