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Kim Jong-un showed off his daughter, took her to the ballistic missile launch

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un showed off his daughter for the first time, taking her with him to the launch of a “new type” intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.

Until now, the existence of the girl has been rumored, but her birth has not been made public.

Pictures released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Friday showed Kim arm-in-arm with the girl as the intercontinental ballistic missile was placed on its mobile launch pad nearby.

Very little is known about the personal life of Kim Jong-un or his family. Saturday’s news report did not name Kim’s daughter, appearing for the first time in state media. But in 2013, former basketball star Dennis Rodman told Britain’s Guardian newspaper that Kim had a “baby” named “Chu Ae.”

Rodman said he spent time with the family, describing Kim as a “good father” and that he spoke with Kim’s wife, Ri Sol Ju. “I held their baby Choo Ae and spoke to Ms. Ri as well,” he told the newspaper.

In 2012, there was speculation that Ri might be pregnant after a photo released by state media showed her wearing a long coat that may have bulging her belly.

However, the North Korean authorities remained silent on the matter. State media did not announce Kim and Ri’s marriage until July 2012, some three years after South Korean intelligence believed the wedding had taken place.

But that changed in 2018 when she was given the new title of “respected first lady” by North Korean state media, a step up from the previously used “comrade” and a sign, analysts say, that she is acquiring her own cult of personality. Kim and Ri have three children, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).

KCNA claimed the “new” missile seen by the two was a Hwasong-17 and was launched from Pyongyang International Airport. It can fly a distance of 1000 kilometers.

Japan warned after Friday’s launch that the new missile appeared to have the potential range to reach the continental United States.

Kim said the test was intended to “clearly demonstrate” his country’s ability to respond to what he called “hysterical aggressive military exercises by enemies who seek to destroy the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula,” KCNA reported.

Friday’s launch, in which the missile landed about 210 kilometers west of the Japanese island of Oshima, is not the first time North Korea has fired a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, according to Japanese officials.

Friday’s missile was shorter in height and distance than Pyongyang’s March 24 missile test, which recorded the highest altitude and longest duration of any North Korean missile ever tested, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also reported ). It reached an altitude of 6,248.5 kilometers and flew a distance of 1,090 kilometers (681 miles).

In 2017, then-US Defense Secretary James Mattis said a missile launched by North Korea that year had demonstrated the ability to hit “everything in the world”.

Despite the theoretical range of the missile, Pyongyang’s ability to place a nuclear warhead on it and deliver it to the target remains unproven, writes bg-voice.

Ballistic missiles are launched into space before falling back to Earth. Experts have yet to see conclusive evidence that North Korea can get a warhead to successfully re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.

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