February 22, 2024
Analysis

Too early to tell if Kim Jong Un’s daughter is heir apparent, experts say

Defectors and analysts raise multiple reasons for introducing her, from humanizing leader to fortifying hereditary rule

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s daughter was a focal point of state media coverage of last week’s military parade, standing on the viewing stand alongside her father just a day after she joined him at a banquet for top military officials.

The girl’s prominence at the mass parade marked perhaps her highest-profile appearance, and it has fueled intense speculation that Pyongyang has given the “clearest sign” that she is “heir apparent.”