North Korea vows to launch more satellites into orbit

Saul Bowman
October 31, 2017

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.

Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol Ju test out beauty products at a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang.

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

Not much is known about Ri, but she occasionally appears in propaganda released by North Korea.

South Korean government officials have speculated that Kim Jong Un was behind the murder of his half-brother, a critic of his leadership who had lived outside the country for years.

"The variety of cosmetics produced by the factory are numerous and qualitative", he said according to KCNA.

Recent United Nations (UN) sanctions following North Korea's provocative acts have placed additional economic pressure on Pyongyang, but that hasn't stopped Kim's regime from promising to sending more satellites, including a stationary one, into space.

The couple's visit comes after increasing fears of a nuclear missile attack by the rogue state, according to US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

"I can not imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power".

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.

"As we intensify our efforts to counter North Korea's nuclear threats, we must consider the full array of policy options at our disposal", Royce, the committee chairman, said.

South Korean intelligence reports suggest Ri came from an ordinary family, with father believed to be an academic and her mother a doctor, The Daily Mail reports.

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.

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