North Korea's favourite newsreader

North Korea's favourite newsreader”

She has endured three generations of North Korean leaders and tearfully broke the news of the deaths of Kim Il Sung in 1994 and his son Kim Jong Il in 2011 - she ditched the pink robes for those announcements in favor of black mourning robes.

Ri, who is in her seventies, is thought to be wanted by Kim Jong-un himself to deliver his party's messages to the world.

Hanbok means "Korean clothing", but according to Wikipedia, it "usually refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations". NORSAR, a Norway-based group that monitors nuclear tests, estimated it had an explosive yield of 120 kilotons - the power of 120,000 tons of TNT. Unlike atomic bomb (which generates energy through the process of nuclear fission), the hydrogen bomb, also called a thermonuclear bomb, is more powerful and uses fusion - or atomic nuclei coming together - to produce explosive energy.

Despite taking a backseat to train other presenters before retiring in 2012, she has made a triumphant return to the helm of KCTV as a trusted favourite of the current leader.

The 74-year-old grandmother is considered a national hero who first took to the airwaves in 1971, leaving a career in acting for the broadcaster Korean Central Television (KCTV) - which is the only news channel in the province. Known as the "people's broadcaster", she represents the feminine image for the state.

A North Korean state-run magazine paid homage to Ri in a 2009 article saying, "As these days passed, her voice grew to have an appeal so that whenever she would speak on the news, viewers were touched", according to the Reuters translation.

- Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 3, 2017Ri Chun-Hee, 70, a veteran newsreader in North Korea. She reemerged Sunday to inform North Koreans that a sixth nuclear detonation had gone smoothly, The Washington Post reported. "I realized for television you need to be young and attractive". Therefore, even young and lovely newsreaders would be fighting an uphill battle trying to be as good as the grandmother Ri.

"I know that if something happens, she will talk", Sakota Masashi who lives in Tokyo told Reuters.

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"The test of a hydrogen bomb created to be mounted on our intercontinental ballistic missile was a flawless success", Ri said this weekend, as she quaked with excitement in reporting North Korea's most powerful nuclear detonation yet. "Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and unsafe to the United States". But Beijing is playing the same game too, pretending to be concerned hence condemned North Korea's nuclear weapon test, without any meaningful action.

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