North Korea It has revealed the little-known daughter Its leader Kim Jong Un at A missile launch siteThis attracts attention to a fourth-generation family member of the dynastic dynasty that has ruled. North Korea More than seven decades.

The North’s state media said Saturday that Kim had observed the launch it’s a new type of intercontinental missile. missile Together with Ri Sol Ju, his wife “beloved daughter” and other officials from the previous day. Kim According to the launch Hwasong-17 missile — the North’s longest-range, nuclear-capable missile — proved he has a reliable weapon to contain US-led military threats.

A slew photos were also published by the main Rodong Sinmun newspaper Kim Watch a skyscraper soar missile From afar with his daughter. Other photos show her with her hair down and wearing a pair red shoes and a white jacket as she walks in hand-in-hand to her father. missile Atop a launch truck.

It’s the first time for North Korea’s state media to mention the daughter Publicize or publish her photos. KCNA didn’t provide further details about her like her name and age.

Many of Kim’s private life is still unknown. But South Korean media reported Kim Ri, an ex-singer, was married to her in 2009. The couple had three children, who were born in 2010 and 2013.

Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju (second from right) watched the Hwasong-17 missile’s launch Their daughter.

It wasn’t known which child Kim The launch site. However, Dennis Rodman, a retired NBA star, stated to the Guardian in 2013 that he was going to Pyongyang after he. Kim It had been a “relaxing time by the sea” with the leader’s family and that he held Kim’s baby daughter, named Ju Ae.

The identities Kim’s children are a source of strong outside interest as the 38-year-old ruler hasn’t publicly anointed an heir apparent.

He was a good friend. disappeared from public eye for an extended period in 2020 amid unconfirmed rumors about health conditions, global media frenzy flared over who was next in line to run an impoverished yet nuclear-armed country. Many observers said at the time that Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, would step in and run the country if her brother was incapacitated.

A test-firing of a missile at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea on Nov. 18, 2022.
Kim Jong Un said the Hwasong-17 missile’s launch proved he has a reliable weapon to contain “US-led” threats.

The Kim family has governed North Korea with a strong personality following built around key family members since Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founded the country in 1948. The family’s so-called Paektu bloodline, named after the North’s most sacred mountain, allows only direct family members to rule the country.

“It’s much too soon to infer anything about succession within the Kim regime,” said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul. “However, publicly including his wife and daughter in what Kim claims as a historically successful missile test associates the family business of ruling North Korea with the nation’s missile programs.”

“This may be an attempt to compensate for how few economic accomplishments Kim has to support his domestic legitimacy,” Easley spoke.

Analyst Cheong Seong Chang at The private Sejong Institute is located in South Korea If Kim Continue taking this daughter That could indicate that she will become an official at important public events. Kim’s successor.

Kim Jong Un, along with his daughter, inspects an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released on Nov. 19, 2022 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Kim Jong Un has reportedly three children who were born to her in 2013 and 2017.
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“Under North Korea’s system, the children of Kim Jong Un would have the status of a prince or princess, like in a dynasty. As the Rodong Sinmnum newspaper publicized the photo of the daughter, who took after Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju so much … she has no choice but to live special lives,” Cheong stated.

Others agree. Kim Take his family to a missile Try it! site indicated he was confident in the weapon’s successful launchHe might have done so, or he may have tried to project an image of a normal leader that included his family in his affairs.

Disclosure of the Kim Family child has taken many North Korea Watchers are taken by surprise

It was only 2010 when it became reality. Kim26-year-old Emmanuel was the first to be publicly quoted in state media. He held a series of high-ranking posts before he was able to inherit power from his father. Kim Jong Il’s death the next year. Kim Jong Il was also 31 when he won a key post in the ruling Workers’ Party in 1973 — an appointment seen as a key step in the path to succeeding his father Kim Il Sung. Kim Jong Il’s position as successor was made public at 1980 was the year of the party congress.

Cheong disagreed. Kim Jong Il confided this to his associates. Kim Jong Un, his youngest and third son, would succeed him as the younger. Kim In 1992, he was eight years old. Cheong stated Kim’s aunt and her husband, who had defected to the United States, told him that a song praising Kim Jong Un was played, and that Kim Jong Il said Kim Jong Un was his successor.

“Kim Jong Un may have his daughter, who resembles him the most in his mind, as his successor,” Cheong stated.