Kim Jong Un 'is lining daughter Ju-ae up as heir to North Korea'

Kim Jong-un may have chosen his daughter as his heir, experts say, after she appeared in public with the North Korean dictator for the second time.

Ju-ae, believed to be 10 years old, was pictured smiling with her father as she rewarded the scientists and military officials responsible for building the country’s latest nuclear bomb, the second time in a week that she has appeared in front of the missiles.

Ankit Panda, a North Korea expert with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the “striking” images suggest Ju-ae is “being positioned as a potential successor.”

Little is known about the girl, who is believed to be the middle of Kim’s three children.

Kim Ju-ae, daughter of Kim Jong-un (pictured together), is likely to be the heir to the North Korean dictatorship, experts say.

Kim Ju-Ae Has Been Photographed Alongside Her Father And North Korea'S Nukes Twice In One Week, Which Seems Calculated To Project An Image Of Power Both At Home And Abroad.

Kim Ju-ae has been photographed alongside her father and North Korea’s nukes twice in one week, which seems calculated to project an image of power both at home and abroad.

News of its existence first came from retired American basketball player Dennis Rodman, who struck up an unlikely friendship with Kim early in his rule.

Rodman, who visited North Korea several times before his friendship with Kim fell apart, recalled meeting one of the dictator’s sons in 2013.

The athlete said he spent time “relaxing by the sea” with Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, and was allowed to carry their young daughter, whom he said was named Ju-ae.

South Korean spies previously said Kim’s eldest son, now believed to be 12, is a boy, though nothing else is known about him and he has never been seen in public.

The youngest child is believed to be a girl, born around March 2017.

Ju-ae’s sudden appearance alongside her father and North Korea’s nuclear weapons seems calculated to project an image of power, both to the North Korean people and to the world.

State media’s description of her as Kim’s ‘most beloved’ and ‘cherished’ daughter also gives strong indications that she is the favorite to succeed him.

Mr. Panda said: ‘This is certainly amazing. The photo of Kim Ju Ae standing next to her father as the technicians and scientists involved in the latest ICBM launch celebrate her would support the idea that this is the beginning of her position as a possible successor to her.

I think the state media highlighting her father’s love for her further underlines this.

Little Is Known About Kim Ju-Ae, Who Is Believed To Be Around 10 Years Old And Believed To Be The Middle Of Three Children Kim Has With His Wife, Ri Sol-Ju.

Little is known about Kim Ju-ae, who is believed to be around 10 years old and believed to be the middle of three children Kim has with his wife, Ri Sol-ju.

Kim Ju-Ae (Pictured With Her Father) Almost Certainly Met American Basketball Player Dennis Rodman When He Visited North Korea In 2013 And Held Her As A Baby.

Kim Ju-ae (pictured with her father) almost certainly met American basketball player Dennis Rodman when he visited North Korea in 2013 and held her as a baby.

Ju-Ae Stood Next To Father Kim In Front Of North Korea'S Latest Nuclear Bomb As He Rewarded The Officials Who Built It, Which Experts Say Is Unlikely To Be A Coincidence.

Ju-ae stood next to Father Kim in front of North Korea’s latest nuclear bomb as he rewarded the officials who built it, which experts say is unlikely to be a coincidence.

“Finally, his two initial public appearances have been in the context of strategic nuclear weapons, the crown jewels of North Korea’s national defense capabilities. That doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me.

However, questions remain about Ju-ae’s position within the line of succession, known in North Korea as the Mount Paektu lineage.

Kim Jong-il did not reveal the existence of his own successor, Kim Jong-un, until late in his reign, when his health was clearly failing.

Kim Jong-un has experienced health problems in recent years, including rumors that he had died in 2020, but these have largely faded in recent months as he returned to making regular appearances in state media.

Questions about his heir, once believed to be Kim’s sister Kim Yo-jong, have also subsided as the dictator has reasserted himself as undisputed ruler.

All of which begs the question: Why did Kim decide to reveal her daughter to the world now?

Doing so carries considerable risk for Ju-ae, who is now likely to be the target of many North Korean enemies, and little benefit for Kim unless concerns remain about his own fitness to rule.

Ju-ae would also be North Korea’s first heir apparent, raising questions about whether she could succeed in controlling the male-dominated military and Workers’ Party power brokers needed to run the country.

Ju-Ae'S First Outing With Her Father Also Included Images Of Nuclear Weapons (Above) And State Media Called Her The Daughter

Ju-ae’s first outing with her father also included images of nuclear weapons (above) and state media called her Kim’s “most beloved” daughter.

Cheong Seong-Chang, from the private Sejong Institute in South Korea, suggested that the girl’s gender may explain why Kim decided to reveal her so early, so his people would get used to the idea of ​​a female leader.

Cheong added that it is not unusual for North Korean leaders to choose their heirs at a young age, based on what they believe displays the greatest leadership qualities.

Kim Jong-un is believed to have been chosen by his own father at age eight, despite only being named heir apparent years later, and he is also the middle of three children.

Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, agreed, saying: “Kim may be signaling to other North Korean elites that he is advising his daughter for a leadership role.”

However, rumors of an older brother have led to suggestions that Kim is keeping his true heir hidden from the public, at least for now.

Soo Kim, a security analyst for the RAND Corporation in California, told PBS: “We’ve been told that Kim has three children, including possibly a son.”

‘If this is true, and if we assume that the as-yet-unrevealed male child will be the heir, is Ju Ae really the most ‘prized’ of Kim from a succession standpoint?

I think it is too early to draw conclusions.

Soo speculated that Ju-ae’s performance may have been designed as a distraction, either to get the West used to the idea of ​​living with the North Korean nuclear threat or to impress upon domestic viewers that nuclear weapons are the future of the country.

Until Ju-Ae'S Sudden Appearance, Kim'S Older Sister Kim Yo-Jong Was Rumored To Be Set To Replace Him.

Until Ju-ae’s sudden appearance, Kim’s older sister Kim Yo-jong was rumored to be set to replace him.

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