North Korea: Kim Jong-un introduces his daughter to the world during the missile test

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North Korea: Kim Jong-un introduces his daughter to the world during the missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accompanied by his daughter, walks away from an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this photo undated released November 19, 2022 by Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the launch of his latest intercontinental ballistic missile accompanied by his daughter whom he unveiled to the world for the first time, in a message published by the agency on Saturday. x27;State KCNA.

Amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Kim also reiterated that he would resort to the atomic bomb in the event of a nuclear attack against his country, after the successful launch of the Hwasong-17, according to KCNA.

This test firing clearly proved the reliability of the new strategic weapon system major, commented the state media.

The UN Security Council said on Saturday it would meet on Monday to discuss the situation.

Calling on the UN body to respond appropriately, the European Union condemned a dangerous, illegal and irresponsible action.

Extremely rare, KCNA, the sole source of information from Pyongyang, mentioned the family of Kim Jong-un, pointing out that the leader had gone to the launch accompanied by his wife and [his] beloved girls.

Kim appeared alongside a young girl whose age and name are unspecified, wearing a down jacket white and red shoes. This is the first official confirmation of her daughter's existence, experts say.

The North Korean regime had never confirmed until where the ruler had a family.

South Korean intelligence services claim that Kim married Ri Sol Ju in 2009, who gave birth to three children between 2010 and 2017, without specifying the gender.

Kim Jong-un with his wife Ri Sol Ju and their daughter on the day of the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released November 19, 2022 by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

For Cheong Seong-chang, North Korea specialist at the South Korean Sejong Institute, it could be Kim's probable second child, Ju Ae.

In 2013, the former star of the NBA, the American basketball league, Dennis Rodman, gave rare testimony to the existence of this child, whom he had met during a visit to Pyongyang.

His appearance revives speculation about a future dynastic transfer of power in North Korea, where Kim Jong-un succeeded his father Kim Jong-Il and his grandfather Kim Il-Sung.< /p>

According to former US intelligence agency CIA analyst Soo Kim, Friday's launch is a testament to the permanence of the Kim regime's weapons program, as it integral to his own survival and the continuity of his family's rule.

This even partially answers questions surrounding the succession, this analyst, today at the RAND Corporation, added to AFP.

We have seen the fourth generation of Kims with our own eyes. And his daughter – along with other possible siblings – will certainly be groomed by her father, she noted.

For KCNA, the latest missile launch on Friday confirms that once again the DPRK's nuclear forces have reached a new reliable maximum capacity to contain any nuclear threat.

The United States, South Korea and Japan have intensified joint military maneuvers in recent months since Kim Jong-un declared in September that the status of North Korea's nuclear state was irreversible.

In particular, Seoul and Washington conducted the largest joint air exercises in their history in late October and early November.

On Saturday, the South Korean military announced that a American B-1B bomber had been redeployed to the Korean peninsula, as part of new exercises between the two allies.

But North Korea sees these shows of force as dress rehearsals an invasion of its territory or an attempt to overthrow the regime.

Kim even called them a war exercise of hysterical aggression and vowed to resolutely respond to nukes with nukes and all-out confrontation with all-out confrontation, as quoted by KCNA.

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The North Korean national agency said the missile reached a maximum altitude of 6,040.9 km and traveled a distance of 999.2 km before landing accurately over the predefined area in the East Sea, or Sea of ​​Japan.

The distance and elevation match estimates given by Seoul and Tokyo on Friday, and are only slightly lower than those of the ICBM fired by Pyongyang on March 24, which appears to be its strongest test ever. .

North Korea had previously claimed to have tested a Hwasong-17 – which is among Pyongyang's most powerful weapons and has been dubbed the monster missile by military analysts – on March 24, but Seoul later cast doubt on that claim. .

This time, analysts said the trial appeared to be successful.

This launch is significant because it is x27;is [probably] the first successful test of this missile, pointed out to AFP Joseph Dempsey, researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Pyongyang carried out an unprecedented flurry of missile fire in early November, one of which fell near South Korean territorial waters.

November 2 alone saw 23 North Korean missile launches, more than all of 2017, when leader Kim Jong-un and then-US President Donald Tru mp threatened each other with nuclear apocalypse.

In September and October, Pyongyang had already fired a copious salvo of projectiles, one of which had flown over Japan to the first time in five years.

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