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Kim Jong-un’s daughter makes public debut — RT World News

The North Korean leader revealed the existence of the child by taking him to a missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accompanied his daughter to the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday. He chose the occasion of a strategic weapon test to confirm the girl’s existence with her first appearance at a public event.

Kim watched the launch alongside his wife and their “darling girl,” North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported on Saturday, without specifying the girl’s name or age.

Photos from the event show Kim and her daughter holding hands while looking at the ICBM, then walking away together. Another shot shows them walking around looking at each other with the missile standing tall above its launcher in the background.

More photos show Kim and her daughter watching from an observation shelter as the Hwasong-17 missile moves upward in the distance. Another photo shows the chef sitting and talking while his wife and daughter watch from the sidelines.

South Korean intelligence officials speculated that Kim married Ri-Sol-ju in 2009 and the couple had a son and two daughters, born in 2010, 2013 and 2017. The retired NBA star Dennis Rodman visited the Kim family in 2013 and later said he was holding the North Korean leader’s baby girl, who he said was named Ju-ae. Pyongyang had not publicly confirmed the existence of Kim’s children until Friday’s missile launch.

The daughter’s public debut – which took place during a key missile test – suggests that Kim sees her family’s dynasty moving into a fourth generation at some point and that Pyongyang will not give up its nuclear weapons, have said. said analysts. Jenny Towna Korea specialist and senior fellow at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington, described the scene of Kim and her daughter watching the ICBM launch “the optics of passing on a legacy.” She added that “It’s also his legacy now.”

Other experts called the unveiling of Kim’s daughter during a missile test “highly significant.” Soo Kim, an analyst at RAND Corp., formerly of the CIA, told Agence France-Presse that the move showed “the permanence of the Kim regime’s weapons program, because it is so integral to Kim’s own survival and the continuity of his family’s rule.”

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