Kim Jong-Un is known for being secretive, but unearthed reports suggest North Korea's leader is father to a "secret child" by an unknown woman, born in 2010. North Korea has been comparatively quiet recently, by Kim Jong-un’s standards. Its seeming hiatus was broken today after Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, warned South Korea to stop propaganda leaflets coming over the border.
Yo-Jong warned failure to prevent such documents could wreck an agreement to reduce military tensions. Her statement came soon after anti-Pyongyang leaflets were sent across the border earlier this week by North Korean defectors.
Why the Issue Resurfaced?
Activists engaged in a covert operation which saw 500,000 balloons released, each containing leaflets criticizing Kim’s nuclear threats. In response, his sister said Pyongyang would seriously consider cancelling the agreement, signed by the countries’ leaders in 2018, if activists continued to send “anti-North Korean” propaganda to the northern side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ).
The warnings are characteristic of the regime, which works tirelessly to ensure a programme of indoctrination and censorship remains in place. As a result, little is known about Kim’s private life – naturally sparking wild speculation and curiosity throughout the western world.
One such report surfaced recently in which US intelligence indicated Kim had undergone heart surgery and could even be incapacitated. The South Korean government soon denied the reports, however.
We know that Kim’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, was in a past life a performer and singer. The pair have at least one child together, with reports of a further two children potentially in the mix. In 2010, it was reported that Kim had a “secret child” with an unknown woman. Kim married Ri Sol-Ju in 2009, and she is believed to have given birth to their first child in 2012.
It was suggested that Kim had had children after a South Korean newspaper reported an influx of high-end Swiss and German baby products being delivered to North Korea. Yet, a source told the newspaper that Kim had already fathered another child. According to The Daily Telegraph, Kim fathered a baby girl in 2010 more than two years before his wife gave birth to their first.
This is because Ri Sol-Ju was still performing onstage in 2010, as a member of the Unhasu Orchestra. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted a diplomatic source in Beijing as saying: "In North Korea, it is unthinkable for a pregnant first lady to perform on stage."
However many children he currently has, it is for certain that none of them are of the age to take over from Kim should anything happen to him. It is, as a result, widely accepted that his sister will assume power.
What Should We Learn from the Issue?
Kim Yo-jong, who has risen to prominence in the past two years. In response to the recent influx of anti-Kim leaflets, she told KCNA news agency: “If such an act of evil intention committed before our eyes is left to take its own course under the pretext of ‘freedom of individuals’ and ‘freedom of expression’, the South Korean authorities must face the worst phase shortly.
Clearly speaking, the South Korean authorities will be forced to pay a dear price if they let this situation go on while making sort of excuses.
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