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 photographs exhibiting the pair hand-in-hand inspecting the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North’s official Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) mentioned 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 had been the primary official affirmation of the existence of the North Korean chief’s daughter.
KCNA didn’t identify the lady, who’s seen in pictures in a white puffy coat holding palms together with her father as they seem to examine a massive Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North Korea launched what it mentioned 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 mentioned 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 youngsters, born in 2010, 2013 and 2017.
The one earlier affirmation that the couple had youngsters had come from former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who made a quixotic visit to Pyongyang in 2013 and claimed he had met Kim’s daughter.
After his journey to North Korea that 12 months, Rodman informed The Guardian newspaper that he had frolicked with Kim and his household, and held their child. Rodman mentioned 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 “a great dad”, Rodman mentioned on the time.
Kim – the grandson of North Korea’s founding chief Kim Il Sung and the third generation of the Kim family to lead the country – married Ri Sol Ju, in 2009, in line with Seoul’s spy company.
To introduce his daughter to the world at this juncture may very well be designed to ship a global 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 mentioned, including that the photographs additionally recommend “a level of closeness and luxury between Kim and his daughter”, which may point out that she is being groomed for future management.
The images might also be a part of a fastidiously stage-managed try by Pyongyang to indicate Kim is a “regular” chief, North Korean research scholar Ahn Chan-il informed AFP.
“Pyongyang appears to be making an attempt to model itself as a ‘regular’ nation – whereas conducting these ICBM launches that showcase its army prowess – by exhibiting pictures of Kim being a seemingly loving father,” Ahn mentioned.
“Additionally it is a gesture of stabilising the regime by declaring to the surface world that it’s now heading for its fourth-generation succession and that it’s well-prepared for it.”