Kim Jong-un and wife, Ri Sol-ju, visit cosmetics factory

Kim Jong-un and wife, Ri Sol-ju, visit cosmetics factory

"We will examine the impact our sanctions are having, as well as our efforts to empower the North Korean people with the truth about Kim Jong-un's brutal human rights abuses".

Though he is better known for his photo ops at military installations and missile test sites, Mr Kim's visit to a cosmetics factory serves an important propaganda goal in telegraphing the legitimacy of Mr Kim's rule to the Pyongyang elite and middle-class.

Mr Kim Han Sol, who grew up in Macau under Chinese protection as his father was in exile from North Korea, was last seen in March in a video posted on the website of humanitarian group Cheollima Civil Defence.

Nuclear-mad Kim was photographed handling hairspray, looking at lipstick and staring at shampoo at the carefully managed PR shoot in Pyongyang. During a visit to the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory in the capital, Kim hailed its "world-level" products that realised "the dream of the women who want to be more beautiful", the official KCNA news agency reported.

KCNA reported that Kim was "very pleased" with the factory.

Ri has been largely absent in the public eye in 2017 after allegedly having the despot's third child in February.

"It has come to have the dream of the women who want to be more handsome be realized".

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The visit, pictures of which were distributed overnight by North Korea's state-controlled press agency, was a rare public appearance for the dictator's wife, Ri Sol-ju.

Tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula after a series of North Korean nuclear missile tests and racheting up of rhetoric from Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Both sides have threatened the other with annihilation as the powers row over North Korea's quest for nuclear ICBMs.

Mr Kim and his wife inspected the production control room, cosmetics, soap and cosmetics vessel shops, design room, cosmetics institute, cosmetics analytical laboratory, sci-tech learning space and sample room, nothing the building's energy-saving technology.

Information about Kim's mysterious wife is largely unknown since she married the supreme leader in 2009.

Yo-Jong, believed to be in her 20s, was promoted earlier this month to be an alternate member of the party's powerful politburo - the decision-making body presided over by her brother.

Knowledge of the Kim family has often been a mystery to the outside world, with very little information escaping the rogue state.

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