North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday observed the launch of “a new type” of an intercontinental ballistic missile and was accompanied by his young daughter, whose existence had not previously been confirmed.
In striking photos released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim Jong Un is seen holding the girl’s hand while an ICBM sits on its mobile launch platform nearby. KCNA claimed that the “new” missile being seen by the North Korean leader was a Hwasong-17, launched from Pyongyang International Airfield, flying from a distance of 999.2 kilometers (621 mi).
Kim Jong Un said the purpose of the test was to “clearly demonstrate” his country’s ability to respond to enemy war drills.
KCNA said, “Kim Jong Un solemnly declared that if enemies continue to pose a threat to the DPRK, often meaning a nuclear strike, our party and government are fully prepared for nuclear weapons and total confrontation with nuclear weapons.” will respond in kind.”
As little is known about the private life of Kim Jong Un or his family, the KCNA report also did not mention his daughter, appearing in state media for the first time. In 2013, former basketball star Dennis Rodman told Britain’s Guardian that Kim had a “child” called “Ju A”.
Dennis Rodman said he spent time with the family and called Kim Jong Un “a good father”.
“I caught their baby Joo Ae and spoke to Ms. Ri as well,” he told the newspaper.
According to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), state media did not even announce Kim and Ri’s marriage as of July 2012, but the couple has three children.