Are you game? Kim Jong Un launches dating contest to find his sister a husband

Kim Yo Jong, 28, is the most powerful woman in the reclusive state.
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Fancy dating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister?

The dictator is reportedly holding a matchmaking competition to find his sister a man.

But not just anyone qualifies to marry into the ruling family of the authoritarian state.

Potential candidates must have studied at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung University, be at least 5ft 10 inches tall, and have served in the North's army, according to media reports.

Kim's younger sister Yo Jong is the most powerful woman in the reclusive state.

The 28-year-old was elected to the Workers' Party of Korea's Central Committee earlier this month.

Some tabloids report that the matchmaking contest will be similar to American reality TV series "The Bachelor", where a bevy of beauties battle to win the heart of an eligible young man - just that the scenario is reversed in this case.

A defector - who revealed the North Korean dating game - reportedly described Kim Yo Jong as a "haughty woman with exacting standards", said The Sun.

The man - who had escaped the hermit state by crossing into South Korea - said: "Students at Kim Il Sung University had to step aside to make way for Yo Jong in the hallway and no one was allowed to get in the same elevator with her except her classmates," the report added.

The Kim dynasty: North Korea's secretive rulers

  • Following a successful missile test and the murder of his half-brother in Kuala Lumpur, North Korean leader Kim Jung Un has been thrust back into the headlines. Here's a look at the hermit state's ruling dynasty.
  • Known as "The Eternal President", Kim Il Sung established the North Korean dictatorship after World War II. With the help of the Soviets who installed him, he purged political enemies and laid the foundations for the regime we see today.
  • Kim Il Sung had three children; Kim Man Il, Kim Kyung Hee and his successor Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong Il ran the country after his father's death in 1994.
  • State media announced the death of "The Dear Leader" on December 19, 2011. He is thought to have had at least four female partners.
  • Kim Jong Il had an affair with actress Song Hye-rim, before marrying his first wife Kim Yong Suk (not pictured). The pair had a son, Kim Jong-nam.
  • Kim Jong-nam was raised in secrecy and tipped to take the North Korean crown after his father's death, but fell out of favor after being caught trying to travel to Disneyland. He was allegedly murdered in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 13, 2017.
  • Another one of Kim Jong Il's lovers. Ko Yong Hui was working as a dancer before becoming his partner and bore him two sons and a daughter. One of the sons is Kim Jong-Un, the country's current leader. She died in 2004.
  • The supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), lLittle is known for sure about Kim Jong Un. Even his birth date is uncertain but he is believed to be around 33 years old.
  • Before taking power, he had barely been seen in public, and many of the activities of both Kim and his government remain shrouded in secrecy.
  • The oldest son of Kim Jong Il but passed over for the top job by his younger brother Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Chul was initially seen as the successor but a book written by a chef to the family suggested he was viewed as too soft for the job.
  • Mystery also surrounds Kim Yo Chong, the younger sister of Kim Yong Un. Born in 1987, she reportedly attended the International School of Berne in Switzerland.
  • The International Business Times reported that in October 2014 she possibly took over state duties for her brother while he underwent medical treatment.

According to The Sun, this is not the first time Kim has tried to find his sister a husband.

It said that Pyongyang had tried to find her a man in 2012 but no one lived up to her expectations.

xiuhuil@sph.com.sg

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