Why is Kim Jong Un showing his daughter Ju Ae to the world?


A blood affairWhy is Kim Jong Un showing his daughter Ju Ae to the world?

The North Korean dictator took his daughter Ju Ae to a missile test over the weekend. Kim Jong-un showing his child to the public is considered extremely unusual. Observers wonder what it is all about.

North Korean state television reports on the missile test with father and daughter.


North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un revealed his expected to the public over the weekend during another missile test the eldest daughter shown – a first in North Korea, as both Kim’s father and his grandfather had always protected their children and presented them to their people only when they were adults.

Ju Ae is at most 13 years old and is said to be the eldest of Kim’s three children. She accompanied Kim to the second test ICBM within the month. The two were captured from every imaginable angle and distance as they walked hand-in-hand, with the massive new Hwasong-17 long-range missile in the background. of ICBM not only do they believe in experts who are capable of hitting almost any country in the world, but could even outsmart the US missile defense system.

Different interpretations

The fact that Kim initiated the second Hwasong-17 test is perceived by analysts primarily as a reaction to the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. It was also intended to make up for the November 3 launch failure and demonstrate technical improvements to the Hwasong-17.

However, there is a degree of confusion as to why Kim chose to stage her minor daughter in this test as well. Some Asian diplomats see it as a signal to the world that North Korea will remain a nuclear power well into the next generation.

inward sign

via Reuters

Other political analysts speculate that it was actually an internal signal: Kim wanted to portray his family as a stable unit and present himself as a loving father. But he wanted to his people to show that as a leader and patriarch he is able to protect life and property of the country in an uncertain international situation.

At the same time, the daughter should be presented as a member of the Paektu bloodline, who cannot be replaced by others. Paektu means the sacred mountain on which Kim’s father is said to have been born and to which the family justifies its origin and claim to leadership.

Succession questions

Most observers agree that Kim wants to pave his way to power by introducing his daughter in public, so that she can be accepted in North Korea’s strictly patriarchal society. But it remains unclear why Kim, who is not yet 40 years old, already wants to make his successor clear.

Ankit Panda of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told the TV station that the North Korean leader will show his child publicly CNN. On the other hand, the state media did not particularly emphasize the role of minors in the test.

So the reason why Ju Ae appeared remains open – but as analyst Panda points out: The video released by North Korea of ​​the launch of the Hwasong-17 ICBM is likely to be far more valuable to Western intelligence than anything they learned from the ICBM. the presence of Kim’s daughter is supposed to bring.

via Reuters

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