North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was seen holding hands with his daughter as they were photographed in public for the first time during the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
This is kind of big news in the region as his children are not allowed to be mentioned in the media and he has never stood for public office with one of them before. No one even knows how many children he has.
Kim’s daughter is rumored to be named Ju Ae and could be around 12 or 13 years old.
Michael Madden, an expert on North Korea’s elite, is sure the girl pictured is Kim’s daughter and the leader was making a statement with the image.
“Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons program and the achievements around it are a family legacy for whoever succeeds him,” he said.
“So what we’re seeing is Kim televising that fourth-generation hereditary succession is very likely to occur. This is meant to communicate that to the wider North Korean elite as well as foreign governments. .” he added
Kim oversaw the firing of the Hwasong-17 missile with neighbors North Korea, saying they detected the launch of an ICBM potentially capable of reaching the American mainland.
The intercontinental ballistic missile launch was the second major weapons test this month and Kim said the launch confirmed North Korea has another “reliable and maximum-capability” missile, while he was warning the United States and its allies that their alleged provocative measures would lead to “their self-destruction”, state media reported.
Some foreign experts said the Hwasong-17 missile is still under development, but it is the North’s longest-range ballistic weapon designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads to defeat missile defense systems. Americans.
The latest launch is part of a wave of missile tests that are seen as an attempt to expand its arsenal of weapons and boost its influence in future diplomacy.