Kim Jong Un places daughter entrance and heart at lavish army banquet | CNN

Seoul, South Korea

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un introduced a baby believed to be his daughter to a lavish banquet at a army barracks on Tuesday, the most recent signal the woman is presumably being groomed as his eventual successor in an authoritarian household regime courting again a long time.

The woman – believed to be Kim’s second little one, Ju Ae, who’s round 9 years outdated – and her father had been joined by his spouse, Ri Sol Ju, within the go to to the barracks and subsequent banquet to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the founding of the Korean Folks’s Military (KPA), state media reported Wednesday.

A Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) report described seeing Kim and “his revered” daughter as a dream come true for the army officers on the banquet.

Footage printed by the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper confirmed the woman strolling subsequent to Kim and her mom as they entered the venue for the banquet whereas army officers applauded.

On the banquet, the woman was seated within the heart of the lead desk between Kim and her mom.

In a rustic the place the Kim household and the army are all highly effective, the presence of the woman at such an essential occasion sends clear alerts, stated Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha College in Seoul.

“By ostentatiously together with his spouse and daughter, Kim desires observers at house and overseas to see his household dynasty and the North Korean army as irrevocably linked,” he stated.

Different observers stated it’s clear Kim has made a alternative of his successor, confirming hypothesis that started with the woman’s look on the November test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) along with her father.

South Korean lawmaker and secretary of the Nationwide Intelligence Service Yoo Sang-bum stated after that launch that the woman was considered Ju Ae.

Pictures confirmed the 2 strolling hand in hand whereas inspecting the huge missile, whereas state media referred to as her Kim’s “beloved” daughter.

North Korean state media printed a narrative later that month with photos of Kim and his daughter, describing her as his “most beloved” little one, stated Cheong Seong-chang,​ a senior analyst on the Sejong Institute in South Korea.

Military officers applaud North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife and daughter during their visit to a military barracks on Tuesday in a photo released by state-run media.

“Contemplating these, there isn’t a longer any doubt that Kim Ju Ae has been appointed because the successor to Kim Jong Un, and it’s vital to concentrate to how this may have an effect on North Korea’s home and international insurance policies within the mid- to long-term, and the way North Koreans will settle for the succession of the fourth technology,” Cheong stated.

The Kim household’s rule in North Korea stretches again to 1948, when Kim Il Sung got here to energy within the aftermath of World Warfare II.

When he died in 1994, his son Kim Jong Il took management of the nation. Kim Jong Un got here to energy in December 2011 after the dying of Kim Jong Il, his father.

There’s no indication Kim Jong Un would move on the management anytime quickly.

Whereas the Kim regime has held earlier such banquets for the army, photos from Tuesday’s occasion depicted a extra splashy setting than has been seen earlier than.

“Kim’s lavish banquet commemorating the armed forces is supposed to point out that officers are extremely revered in society and troopers are properly supported by the state,” Easley stated.

KCNA reported that Kim Jong Un had made a speech on the banquet by which the North Korean chief praised and inspired the army with out making remarks about the US or South Korea.

Tuesday’s banquet got here a day earlier than what many specialists count on to be North Korea’s greatest army parade ever.

Pyongyang is coming off a document yr of missile testing, and analysts predict to see examples of these missiles and extra throughout an occasion anticipated to start late Wednesday night time.