Nov 19, 2022 - World

Kim Jong-Un reveals daughter during a ballistic missile launch

A TV screen shows North Korea's KCNA released a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter Kim Chu-ae.

A picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter Kim Chu-ae during a news program. Photo: KIM Jae-Hwan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unveiled his daughter to the world this week as he watched the launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, according to multiple reports.

Why it matters: This is the first confirmed public sighting of the North Korean leader's daughter and shines a light on the potential next Kim family member to lead the country.

Details: Photos from North Korea showed the daddy-daughter duo standing together, holding hands, during a ballistic missile test on Friday within the country, BBC News reports.

  • North Korean state media said Kim watched the launch with officials, his wife Ri Sol Ju, and their "beloved daughter," per NBC News.
  • The launch was for the Hwasong-17 missile, a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile, according to NBC.

The big picture: It's unclear why Kim, who leads one of the most secretive states in the world, decided to reveal his daughter now.

Flashback: NBA legend Dennis Rodman previously mentioned that Kim had a daughter named “Ju Ae" in an interview with The Guardian back in 2013.

  • "I held their baby Ju-ae and spoke with Ms. Ri as well. He's a good dad and has a beautiful family," Rodman told the Guardian.

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