Photographs launched by North Korean information company are first official affirmation of the existence of Kim Jong Un’s daughter.
North Korean chief Kim Jong Un has introduced his daughter to the world for the primary time in putting pictures exhibiting the pair hand-in-hand inspecting the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North’s official Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) stated on Saturday that Kim Jong Un had attended the test-firing of the ICBM “collectively together with his beloved daughter and spouse”.
Photographs launched by KCNA have been the primary official affirmation of the existence of the North Korean chief’s daughter.
KCNA didn’t identify the woman, who’s seen in pictures in a white puffy coat holding palms together with her father as they seem to examine a large Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North Korea launched what it stated was a Hwasong-17 ICBM on Friday. The missile travelled 1,000km (622 miles) on a lofted trajectory, and landed about 200km (124 miles) west of Oshima-Oshima island within the northern prefecture of Hokkaido, in line with Japanese officers.
South Korea’s Yonhap Information Company stated on Saturday that, earlier than the discharge of pictures on Saturday, it was solely speculated that Kim and his spouse Ri Sol Ju had three kids, born in 2010, 2013 and 2017.
The one earlier affirmation that the couple had kids had come from former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who made a quixotic go to to Pyongyang in 2013 and claimed he had met Kim’s daughter.
After his journey to North Korea that yr, Rodman informed The Guardian newspaper that he had hung out with Kim and his household, and held their child. Rodman stated Kim had a “child” daughter named Ju Ae, who’s estimated to now be about 12 or 13 years of age.
The North Korean chief was “an excellent dad”, Rodman stated on the time.
Kim – the grandson of North Korea’s founding chief Kim Il Sung and the third era of the Kim household to guide the nation – married Ri Sol Ju, in 2009, in line with Seoul’s spy company.
To introduce his daughter to the world at this juncture might be designed to ship a world message that the North Korean regime is right here to remain, Soo Kim, a former CIA analyst now with the RAND Company, informed the Agence France-Presse information company.
“In a manner, it’s a symbolic image of Kim passing the sceptre of rule to the subsequent era,” Soo Kim stated, including that the pictures additionally counsel “a level of closeness and luxury between Kim and his daughter”, which might point out that she is being groomed for future management.
The pictures can also be a part of a rigorously stage-managed try by Pyongyang to point out Kim is a “regular” chief, North Korean research scholar Ahn Chan-il informed AFP.
“Pyongyang appears to be attempting to model itself as a ‘regular’ nation – whereas conducting these ICBM launches that exhibit its navy prowess – by exhibiting photographs of Kim being a seemingly loving father,” Ahn stated.
“It’s also a gesture of stabilising the regime by declaring to the skin world that it’s now heading for its fourth-generation succession and that it’s well-prepared for it.”