South Korea Shares Intel on Kim Jong Un's Kids

National Intelligence Service still suspects the 39-year-old has 3
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2023 10:00 AM CST
South Korea Shares Intel on Kim Jong Un's Kids
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center left, with his daughter, reportedly named Kim Ju Ae, attends a military parade on Kim Il Sung Square.   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

South Korea's top intelligence agency on Tuesday dished on what it knows about Kim Jong Un's children—all three of them. Standout details, per Reuters and the AP:

  • Yes, the agency again confirmed Kim has three children, with the eldest being a boy. They were born in 2010, 2013, and 2017.
  • The only child whose name is known and who has appeared publicly is daughter Kim Ju Ae; she's made seven appearances since November 2022. State media has yet to use her name, but Dennis Rodman spilled the beans on it in 2013 after visiting the country.
  • Things are a little mushier in terms of Kim's purported eldest: The National Intelligence Service told the parliamentary intelligence committee that intelligence points to the son's existence, but it doesn't have "concrete evidence." It said it couldn't speak to theories that the son has physical or mental issues.
  • As for Ju Ae, she's being homeschooled in Pyongyang and participates in horseback riding (she's reportedly "very good"), swimming, and skiing.
  • The NIS stuck by previous assertions that Kim, at 39, is too young to name a successor, and that his daughter's appearances are likely to emphasize the importance of hereditary succession.
(More Kim Ju Ae stories.)

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