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Kim and his wife attended a banquet on Tuesday night at a military barracks, where a girl believed to be the leader’s second child joined them.
Western observers believe Kim Jong Un has three children and that Ju Ae is his middle child, though this can’t be verified by anyone outside North Korea.
The pictures of Kim and his daughter were published by the state media in North Korea.
Pictures published by the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed the girl walking next to Kim and her mother as they entered the venue for the banquet while military officers applauded.
The presence of a girl at an important event in a country where the Kim family and military are all powerful indicates a certain level of power, according to a professor.
Kim wants observers at home and abroad to see that his family dynasty and the North Korean military are not separate.
“It is known that Kim Jong Il told his aides that Kim Jong Un would be his successor while performing a song called ‘Footsteps’ to praise Kim Jong Un on his 8th birthday,” Cheong said. The outside world had not been aware that this was happening at the time.
Cheong Seong-chang is a senior analyst at the Sejong Institute, he says that the North Korean state media published a story in late January describing Kim’s daughter as his most beloved child.
He died in 1994 and his son Kim became the country’s leader. KimIl, Kim’s father, passed away in December 2011.
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While the Kim regime has held previous such banquets for the military, pictures from Tuesday’s event depicted a more splashy setting than has been seen before.
The leader of North Korea gave a speech at a banquet that praised and encouraged the military but did not say anything about the United States or South Korea.
Pyongyang is coming off a record year of missile testing, and analysts are expecting to see examples of those missiles and more during an event expected to begin late Wednesday night.
A day later she looked on as at least 11 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) were paraded through KIm Il Sung Square in the North Korean capital.
American basketball star Dennis Rodman revealed Kim had a baby called Ju Ae when he visited Pyongyang in 2013, telling The Guardian afterward, “I held their baby Ju Ae and spoke with (Kim’s wife) as well.”
The girl is being referred to in a state-run media show as the next leader of the Korean Peninsula, according to Cheong.
The retired South Korean general said that she may have been just a way to help the military get the attention of the world back to them.
“I think the North Koreans have either stumbled upon or have figured out that this is one way of getting international attention. They are enjoying themselves, and so with all the interest that is going on, they are.
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“Throughout their seven-decade history, their successors have always been a mystery to us. Why would they change their mode of operation now? If I were to bet $5, I would say that she isn’t the successor.
While there’s still plenty of debate about Ju Ae, there’s little doubt about her father’s wish to have enough military might to keep his family in power.
Ankit Panda, a nuclear policy expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said on social media that if each of those missiles were equipped with multiple nuclear warheads, they could represent enough volume to overwhelm US ballistic missile defenses.
Solid-fueled missiles on mobile launchers would give the Kim regime “the ability to attack an opponent with very, very little prior warning,” Chun said. “It’s a really scary scenario.”