Kim Jong Un showed his daughter to the world for the first time
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According to experts, by bringing his daughter to the public, the North Korean leader hinted that power in the country will continue to be inherited.
38-year-old North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose personal life is kept behind seven locks , and a family photo does not exist in principle, his daughter Kim Joo E suddenly revealed to the world. The girl joined him in public while checking the launch of the country's largest intercontinental ballistic missile, writes BBC.
Kim Jong-un was wearing a brown jacket and holding the hand of a girl in a white down jacket. In pictures released by North Korea's state news agency KCNA, they watch a rocket launch from an observation deck, and the child stands next to his father as he spoke to officials.
According to Michael Madden, an expert on North Korea at the Stimson Center in Washington, the fact that Kim brought his daughter out into the world may indicate a continuity of power. As you know, the current leader of North Korea represents the third generation of long-term leaders of the DPRK, and the appearance in public of Kim Chu E Kim Jong-un makes it clear that no one is going to break the tradition, and the fourth person to head the state will be his blood relative, it is possible that daughter.
Madden suggests that Zhu E is between 12 and 13 years old, and in four or five years she will either go to university or join the military.
For the first time, the existence of a daughter with Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju was talked about in 2013, after retired American basketball star Dennis Rodman made a scandalous trip to North Korea.
In an interview, he said, that he was relaxing with the family of the North Korean dictator by the sea and “holding their child Zhu E in his arms.” Presumably, the girl is the eldest of three children in the family, where there is another girl and a boy, whose age, like their names. unknown to the general public.
In September, the media already wrote that Kim Jong-un's daughter was in the frame. She sang the song with other children at the National Day celebration, and the state TV camera caught her more than other children from the crowd.
As for the dictator's wife, Ri Sol-ju, she often accompanies her husband to social events, as well as business and even military travel, in stark contrast to the behavior of Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong Il, who rarely appeared in public with his wife.
The woman was absent from state media for more than a year before her seen at a concert last February, sparking rumors about her health and possible pregnancy.