SEOUL: North Korea has unveiled new postage stamps that includes chief Kim Jong Un’s daughter, in what specialists described as one other signal of her rise as inheritor obvious of the nuclear-armed nation.
North Korean state media by no means talked about Kim’s kids for years. However in November, on the launch of the nation’s strongest ballistic missile, Kim was pictured together with his daughter in tow.
There have since been a number of high-profile appearances by the daughter, who has by no means been named by Pyongyang. South Korea’s spy company believes she is Kim’s second youngster, called Ju Ae.
The state-run Korea Stamp Company unveiled a brand new sequence of stamps on Tuesday commemorating the November 18 missile launch — 5 of them that includes Kim and his daughter.
The company described the unnamed woman as Kim’s “beloved daughter” in captions describing the stamps on its web site. The sequence can be launched on Friday.
Some specialists say the daughter’s appearances point out that she is being groomed as the subsequent chief, and that the stamps additional cement her place within the cult of persona surrounding the ruling Kim household.
The stamps “appear to be the official begin of Kim Ju Ae’s life as her father’s successor”, An Chan-il, a defector-turned-researcher who runs the World Institute for North Korea Research, advised AFP.
However others stated it was nonetheless too early to say for positive, on condition that Kim continues to be in his 30s and the daughter’s identify has by no means been talked about formally.
“All through North Korean historical past, each time it formally named the nation’s inheritor obvious, they made positive folks knew the identify of the individual,” Yang Moo-jin, a professor on the College of North Korean Research in Seoul, advised AFP.
“It is nonetheless very doable that Ju Ae is simply getting used for (propaganda)… whereas Kim’s eldest son is being groomed as a successor behind closed doorways.”