Ju Ae, the name that only the “dear daughter” of the North Korean leader can have
In September 2013, the world discovered that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had a daughter through one of his few Western friends: former American basketball player Dennis Rodman. After one of his visits to the country, which had taken place in March, the player revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he had been with baby Ju Ae in his arms and that Kim was “a good father”.
Almost a decade later, the “dear daughter” or “respected daughter” – as she is treated in the official North Korean media – came out of the shadows of the regime and has appeared alongside her father in numerous events, starting with the launch of an intercontinental missile in November and, already in February, on the 75th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army, which led to speculation that she is being prepared to succeed her father, grandfather Kim Jong-il and great-grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country and the autocratic regime.
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