The daughter of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears in public for the first time
It is the first time North Korea has mentioned Kim’s daughter, although state media has not named her for years, identifying her only as Kim’s “beloved daughter”.
Although the child has not been named, observers believe her name is Kim Ju Ae. Her name was first revealed in 2013 retired NBA star Dennis Rodman, who after visiting North Korea said he met the leader’s “baby” daughter.
According to Shreyas Reddy, a correspondent for the North Korean website NK News, this is the first mention of any of Kim’s children by state media. South Korean intelligence agencies they believe the North Korean leader has fathered two more childrenborn in 2010 and 2017, although their names and genders are unknown.
“Her first appearance in public at such a young age is significant in itself and represents a break with tradition, but it is even more remarkable that she was introduced to the country and the wider world at an event as high-profile as the launch of North Korea’s largest missile,” he said. Reddy to The Post. “While we can say it’s definitely a significant moment, at this early stage we can’t be sure what the purpose is.”
“Some prominent North Korean defectors have told us that this clearly marks her as Kim Jong Un’s successor, a major shift in Pyongyang’s largely male-dominated leadership and a break from the Kim family’s patrilineal rule,” he said. Others suggested the move was instead an attempt to put a more human face on the North Korean leader, he added.
Kim Jong Un has been in power for 11 years and is the third generation of his family to rule the secretive nation since it was founded by his grandfather Kim Il Sung in 1948.
There are few confirmed details about the personal life of the current leader. Speculation about a potential successor began in 2020 when Kim was it is said that he was seriously ill, although South Korean officials doubt the reports, citing a lack of evidence. The following year he returned to the public eye looking slimmer than ever, prompting further questions about the reasons for his sudden weight loss.
Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Younghe also played a significant role in public life.
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