North Korea has presented the daughter of leader Kim Jong Un.
State media KCNA said on Saturday that Kim had watched the launch of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile with his wife Ri Sol Ju and their “beloved daughter” on Friday.
The main Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of Kim looking at a missile with his daughter.
She is also depicted walking hand in hand with her father.
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Her name and age were not provided, but it is the first time state media have mentioned the daughter or publicized her photos.
South Korean media reported that Kim married Ri in 2009 and that the couple have three children, born in 2010, 2013 and 2017.
In 2013, following a trip to the capital city of Pyongyang, retired NBA star Dennis Rodman told The Guardian that he had held Kim’s infant daughter, named Ju Ae.
Kim Jong Un has yet to publicly anoint an heir apparent and after disappearing from the public eye amid rumors about health conditions in 2020, many speculated that Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong would intervene.
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The 38-year-old ruler said the launch of the Hwasong-17 missile, the country’s longest-range nuclear-capable missile, showed he has a reliable weapon to contain US-led military threats.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the weapon could travel up to 9,320 miles, enough to reach the continental US.
The missile flew almost 621 miles in 69 minutes, according to KCNA.
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The UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss North Korea at the request of the United States, which strongly condemned the latest launch.
Friday’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch marks the country’s eighth test this year, according to a US State Department tally.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.