New appearance of the ‘precious’ Ju-Ae, daughter of Kim Jong un and possible successor in North Korea

North Korean leader’s daughter Kim Jong-un she has appeared in public again, surrounded by military and missile scientists, and posing for posterity. This is the second public appearance in a week of Kim Ju-Ae and her father, who has been picked up by state media with descriptions as her “dearest” or “precious” daughter. The reiteration of the presence of the girl, who is estimated to be about 10 years old, fuels the debate about whether she is being prepared as her successor or, on the contrary, they are exposing her to keep her older brother hidden and safe.

The secrecy about the private life of the North Korean leader is of such magnitude that very little is known about his children, and except for the recent appearances of little Ju Ae, the face and age of the three children of the communist dictator were totally unknown until now.

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The girl is believed to be Kim’s second daughter, who would be between the ages of 9 and 10, was first introduced to the outside world last weekend in domestic media photos, which showed her watching a ballistic missile launch Northern intercontinental with their parents and other officials.

South Korean media have previously speculated that the leader of its dangerous northern neighbor has three children, born in 2010, 2013 and 2017, with the first child being a son, while the third is another daughter. Stakes on the succession of the Kim dynasty to power are considering the possibility of hiding the unknown first eldest son to keep him safe from the enemies of his homeland.

A girl, possible successor?

It must be borne in mind that revealing the young Ju-Ae is quite a surprise for foreign experts, since both Kim Jong-un and his father, Kim Jong Ilwere hidden during their childhood and were only mentioned for the first time as successors after they had become adults.

In addition, he also misses the special signaling of the girl for the implicit machismo in the society of the communist country. North Korea experts persist in questioning whether a daughter could succeed Kim, given the deeply male-dominated and patriarchal nature of North Korean society.

It is very likely that the now publicly presented Ju Ae is the girl whose existence the retired NBA star spoke of at the time, Dennis Rodmanwho was able to see it during his trip to Pyongyang in 2013, invited by Kim Jong-un, who is a great basketball fan.

It was also speculated that this girl was seen for the first time at the beginning of last September, during the North Korean National Day celebrations. The girl, identified as Kim Ju-ae, appeared on stage during the event along with other minors. The choir they formed performed a song for Kim Jong-un and his wife, Ri Sol-ju. The tranquility of the little girl and her outfit different from her, with her hair loose and her white socks, made us think that she was the daughter of the leader.

An almost unknown wife

Jong-un is married to Ri Sol-ju, who began to appear in the summer of 2012 and only shortly after the official media confirmed that she was the wife of the North Korean leader, although the date on which they were married is not known with certainty. . Not much information is known about the dictator’s wife either. It is speculated that before their union, which would take place in 2009 or 2010, Sol-ju was a singer, and she toured Japan and South Korea.

For his part, Kim, 38, is a member of the third generation of the family that has ruled North Korea for more than seven decades, and inherited power at the end of 2011, after having also been hidden from public view. , and even having studied in the West, specifically in Switzerland, incognito.