Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader, has shown the world his daughter for the first-time as they examined an intercontinental missile before its launch.
The daughter of Mr Kim, whose existence was not confirmed publicly, was seen holding hands to her father.
Experts believe that the girl is Ju Ae. Although the state news agency KCNA didn’t name her, experts believe that she is Ju Ae. She is between 12 and 13 years old.
They were photographed before the was launched on Friday and landed 200km (124 mi) off the coast Japan according to South Korean officials.
Kim is said to have three children: two boys and one girl.
Michael Madden, a North Korea leader expert at the US-based Stimson Center said that this was the first time they had seen Kim Jong Un’s daughter at public events.
“It’s a significant gesture and a sign of Kim Jong Un’s comfort that he would take her out in public in this manner.
Concerning Ju Ae’s age estimate, Mr Madden said: “This would indicate she will be educated to go into leadership. It could be preparing her for the central leader’s role or she could become an advisor and behind-the scenes player like her aunt.”
Dennis Rodman, a retired American basketball player, stated that Mr Kim had a “baby girl” named Ju Ae in 2013.
According to KCNA Ri Sol Ju, Mr Kim’s wife also attended Friday’s launch.
North Korea has not yet revealed who will succeed Mr Kim in case he becomes incapacitated, and very little information is known about his children.
Analysts speculated that his sister, loyalists, and others could form a regency to ensure that a successor can be elected.
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Friday’s launch of a missile adds to a record year for North Korea’s missile program. It has resumed testing intercontinental missiles (ICBMs), for the first time since 2017.
ICBMs, North Korea’s longest-range weapon, are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to any place on the continent United States.