“A message to the world”… The secret of the first appearance of the North Korean leader with his daughter

“A message to the world”… The secret of the first appearance of the North Korean leader with his daughter
“A message to the world”… The secret of the first appearance of the North Korean leader with his daughter

“A message to the world”… The secret of the first appearance of the North Korean leader with his daughter

The North Korean leader appeared alongside his daughter for the first time in official photos released on Saturday, reaffirming his vision of the Kim dynasty’s continuity in ruling the country, experts said. It’s a very rare event.

The official Korean Central News Agency made no mention of Kim Jong Un’s children at all, nor did the North Korean regime confirm that he had a family.

But on Saturday, KCNA reported for the first time that Kim had traveled the day before to oversee the latest ICBM launch, accompanied by his “dear wife and daughter,” without giving details of their ages.

Kim and his daughter supervised the missile test

In the pictures, the North Korean leader appears smiling and holding the hand of a girl wearing a white jacket and red shoes as they walk in front of a giant black-and-white rocket.

Kim Jong Un, the grandson of North Korea’s founding father Kim Il Sung and representative of the third generation to rule the country, married Ri Sol Ju in 2009, according to South Korean intelligence.

Ri Sol Ju gave birth to their first child the following year, and second and third in 2013 and 2017, the same source added, without specifying their gender.

One of the few confirmations of the leader’s children comes from NBA star Dennis Rodman’s visit to North Korea in 2013, when he said he met Kim’s daughter Ju Ae.

Rodman said at the time that the North Korean leader was a “good father”.

recognize its existence

It is likely that the young girl seen in the photos is the same as Jo Ae, Cheong Seong-Hang, an expert on North Korean affairs at the Sejong Institute in South Korea, told AFP North Korean “Princess”.

Now that its existence has been revealed, it is likely that it is entitled to take part in the affairs of the state, the expert added. Her public standing with her father may indicate that she was chosen to succeed him.

Xiong explained that Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, chose him from among his children as his successor because he was very similar to him in personality and temperament.

He pointed out that “Kim might want to do the same with this particular girl. Maybe she has the qualities that Kim believes are his qualities,” adding that if she continues to accompany her father to important events, it’s likely a sign that he considers her his successor.

North Korea has conducted a record-breaking series of ballistic missile tests since the beginning of the year.

According to neighboring Japan, the intercontinental ballistic missile launched on Friday could possibly hit the American mainland.

Next Generation

Therefore, introducing Kim’s daughter to the public at this precise moment is no coincidence. It’s a message to the world that the North Korean regime is not ready to go, analyst Sue Kim told AFP.

“In a way, this is a symbolic image of Kim passing the scepter of power to the next generation,” which “sends a message to the international community urging them to accept the fourth version of intimidation and hostility” from Pyongyang and prepare for it, she said.

She added that the pictures also suggest “a degree of closeness and comfort between Kim and his daughter,” noting that it might indicate she’s ready to succeed her father.

For his part, Chan-Il Ahn, head of the International Institute for North Korean Studies, said that these photos also indicate that the North Korean leader wanted to show himself as a “normal” leader, adding that he was presenting himself as a “loving father”. Firing missiles Intercontinental ballistics.

As John Delory, a professor at Yonsei University, said, “He’s no longer a man of war or a narcissistic rocket man. He is a good father who protects his family as he protects the nation.”

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