The approximately 10-year-old daughter of North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, will likely succeed her father in the dictatorship.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service announced Thursday that Kim Ju Ae is expected to be the dictator’s most likely heir apparent, based on all available data collected.
“Based on analyzes of her public activities and the North’s level of respect for her since her public appearance, Kim Ju-ae appears to be the most likely successor,” National Intelligence Service official Cho Tae-yong said in a report. to the south. Korean Parliament, according to Yonhap News Agency.
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The NIS leaves open a variety of succession possibilities, given that Kim Jong Un is believed to have at least one other son who has not been seen by the public.
Ju Ae made her first public appearance in November 2022, accompanying her father and mother, Ri Sol Ju, to the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Since then, Ju Ae has been photographed extensively with her father attending parades, dining with top brass, and touring military installations.
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Previously, intelligence groups had said it was “too early” to determine Ju Ae’s role.
Analysts have pointed to consistent, high-profile appearances over the past year as significant evidence of her status as heir apparent.
“By accompanying your father at important events, it is like learning to be a king and building a human network at a young age,” said Cheong Seong-Chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute.
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Earlier this year, South Korean officials announced that they have reason to believe that the The North Korean dictator The first child is a boy.
“We don’t have detailed evidence that her first child is a boy,” said Rep. Yoo Sang-beom of the People Power Party. “But we are convinced that the first child is indeed a child based on intelligence that has been shared with an external intelligence agency.”
Kim Jong Un’s mysterious eldest son has been a source of speculation for years, and the ramifications of his gender could be important for the future of the government.