Kim Chi, one of the country’s leading beauty brands, has been hit with new allegations of misconduct and corruption.
Kim Chi Cosmetics, an umbrella company for Korean beauty brands and Kim Chi Beauty, was caught up in a probe last week over alleged improper payments for cosmetic treatments, according to a statement from the company on Monday.
The investigation comes amid an escalation of pressure on Kim Jong-un’s regime to curb its image of corruption.
The South Korean cosmetics company was founded in the late 1990s by the late Kim Jong Il, who used to be married to his second wife, Kim Yo Jong, who is now his son.
Kim Jong Un is the second son of Kim Jong Nam, who ruled the North from 1978 to 1987.
The company is known for its high-end cosmetics line, including cosmetics for celebrities and fashion celebrities, and a range of beauty products, including facial masks, lipsticks, and lotions.
In a statement, the company said it would launch an independent investigation into allegations of improper payments to Kim Chi and other cosmetic suppliers.
The allegations come as North Korea continues to test-fire missiles and threaten more ballistic missiles in a show of force to underscore its nuclear weapons capabilities.