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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has unveiled his daughter to the world during the reclusive state’s latest missile test.
The child’s first public appearance confirmed long-standing rumors about her existence, the TBEN.
In images published by state media KCNAshe was pictured holding hands with Kim during a launch of North Korea’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday (Nov. 18).
The girl is believed to be named Kim Chu-ae, with Michael Madden, a North Korea expert at the Stimson Center in Washington, telling TBEN that she is probably 12 or 13 years old.
Kim’s wife Ri Sol Ju was also featured at the launch.
Chu-ae’s existence was first mentioned by eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman, who has a unique relationship with Kim.
After a 2013 trip to North Korea, Rodman said he spent time with Kim and his family relaxing by the sea and “held their baby Chu-ae”.
According to TBENdetails about Kim’s family are scarce, but it is believed that the fiercely secretive dictator may have as many as three children – two girls and a boy.
Chu-ae is believed to be the oldest.
Missile could theoretically hit US
The BBCs Seoul correspondent Jean Mackenzie opined that the nature of Chu-ae’s first public appearance suggested that “she will one day play a role in the development of the country’s weapons”.
“This is a way of showing the world that its nuclear weapons are here to stay, through the next generation,” Mackenzie wrote.
KCNA claimed the new missile climbed more than 6,000 km in altitude and traveled just over 999 km before landing in the sea; CNN reported that Japanese officials warned of the potential ability to reach the United States.
“Kim Jong Un said that our party and government should clearly show their strongest will to retaliate against the hysterical war of aggression of the enemies who want to destroy peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region,” he wrote. KCNA.
According to CNNThe Nov. 18 missile launch wasn’t the first time North Korea had tested a missile that could theoretically reach the US
In fact, the distance traveled by the latest missile was shorter than that of a missile launched from Pyongyang in March this year.
Reports from North Korea at the time said the earlier missile reached an altitude of 6,248.5 km and traveled a distance of 1,090 km.
However, the retreated state has yet to prove that it can successfully fire a nuclear warhead on top of its missiles to accurately target a target.
CNN reported that ballistic missiles are typically launched into space before crashing back to Earth; experts have so far seen no evidence that North Korea’s nuclear weapons can enter the atmosphere without being destroyed.
Top image from KCNA