Kim Jong Un smokes as he shows daughter around space headquarters
Kim takes his young’un to work: North Korean dictator smokes cigarettes as he shows daughter, ten, around space headquarters
- Daddy-daughter bonding time was spent viewing preparations for a spy satellite
- This is one of many recent appearances by the girl thought to be named Ju Ae
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been pictured on a family day out with his daughter to the rogue nation’s satellite factory.
The daddy-daughter bonding time was spent viewing preparations for the planned launch of North Korea’s first spy satellite designed to counter what Kim said were threats from the United States and South Korea.
Analysts say the military satellite is part of the reclusive, nuclear-armed state’s efforts to advance surveillance technology, including drones, to improve its ability to strike targets in the event of a conflict.
The tyrant’s daughter appeared to find her day out positively riveting as she stared rather glumly into the distance while her father puffed on a cigarette.
This is one of many recent appearances by the girl, thought to be named Kim Ju Ae and aged 10, adding to speculation that she could be primed for a leadership role with the intention of eventually succeeding her father.
Kim Ju Ae appeared to find her day out positively riveting as she stared rather glumly into the distance while her father puffed on a cigarette
Kim Jong Un was pictured on a day out with his daughter, presumed to be named Ju Ae, to inspect the National Aerospace Development Administration
Kim was seen smiling as Ju Ae stood behind her tyrant father as he took stock of the National Aerospace Development Administration at an undisclosed location in North Korea
A state media photo showed Kim, accompanied by his daughter, talking to officials with a blurred image of machinery
Today’s visit came after North Korea in December conducted what it called an important ‘final phase’ test for the spy satellite and said it would complete preparations for the launch by April. At that time, it released grainy black and white images of the South Korean capital Seoul, which it said had been taken during the test.
During a visit to the official space agency on Tuesday, Kim told officials to ensure the launch went ahead on time, and also ordered a series of more reconnaissance satellites to be launched, state news agency KCNA said.
State media said the satellite production has been completed but it did not elaborate when the launch is scheduled for.
Kim said it was ‘natural’ for the North to develop its military deterrence, criticising deployment of U.S. strategic assets in the region as an attempt ‘to turn South Korea into an advanced base for aggression and an arsenal for war.’
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said even if Pyongyang called it a satellite, any North Korean launch involving a ballistic missile technology would be a clear breach of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
A state media photo showed Kim, accompanied by his daughter, talking to officials in front of a blurred image of an apparent satellite.
The young Kim has appeared recently in a series of major events, including a football game earlier this year to celebrate her late grandfather’s birthday.
She was also seen standing with her father at a military parade to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea’s army.
Last year she attended a flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in November and has accompanied her father to a meeting with military scientists and a missile inspection.
Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju are believed to have three children, including a son and second daughter, both of whom have not yet appeared in public.
Ju Ae sits behind her father as he talks to North Korean officials at the National Aerospace Development Administration
Wearing his classic pin-stripped suit, Kim Jong Un stood talking to officials with his daughter standing behind
Kim sat down with a cigarette as officials stood taking notes around him as he was flanked by his daughter Ju Ae
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter are directed to look at something at North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration
An undated photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter as they watch a sports event to mark the 111th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Il Sung
Tyrant Kim grins with North Korean officials as they watch a sporting event with his daughter to mark his late father’s birthday
Kim Jong Un and his daughter, presumed to be named Ju Ae, inspect the test-fire of the new Hwasongpho-18 ICBM at an undisclosed location in North Korea
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his daughter Kim Ju Ae watch a test launch of a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile
North Korea has undertaken an array of missile and weapons tests in recent months, most recently a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Pyongyang has been threatening ‘more practical and offensive’ action over South Korea-U.S. exercises, and refusing to answer inter-Korean hotlines.
In December, five North Korean drones crossed into South Korea and South Korea responded by sending surveillance aircraft into the North to photograph its military.
Kim Dong-yup, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, said North Korea wants to use satellites to try and secure real-time information necessary to hit targets when mobilising its missiles and other nuclear delivery systems.
North Korea has had multiple attempts to launch ‘earth observation’ satellites, of which two appeared to have been successfully placed in orbit, including the latest in 2016.
International observers have said the satellite seemed to be under control, but there was lingering debate over whether it had sent any transmissions.
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