North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, along with his daughter, inspects an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in these undated photos released November 19, 2022, by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
When North Korean state media posted pictures of Kim Jong Un attending Friday’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the big news wasn’t the rocket.
What sent analysts scrambling was a young girl with a ponytail and puffy white jacket who was shown walking hand in hand with Kim after inspecting the ICBM. Other pictures showed the girl standing next to Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, as they observed the launch from a viewing station.
Yes, that’s right — Kim, one of the world’s most secretive leaders, apparently unveiled a daughter at an ICBM launch.
The girl, whose name is Ju Ae, has long been the subject of rumors in South Korean and global media, but until now had never been seen in public — at least in a confirmed appearance.
The only reason the world knows her name is because former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman revealed it after meeting with Kim in North Korea during a 2013 visit.
Ju Ae, who was born around 2013, is believed to be the second oldest of Kim’s three children with Ri. Their oldest child, a son, was born around 2010, according to South Korean spy agency assessments. The other children’s names are not known.
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