Kim Ju-Ae is the second child of the leader of North Korea Jim Jong Un, and his wife Ri Sol-Ju. Ju-Ae also has two other siblings, an older brother and another sibling whose gender and name are not yet known to the public.
If there is a rank for the most secretive world leaders, North Korea’s supreme leader’s family will be in the top three. They have maintained a culture to keep private information away from the media for generations, but it seems a little twist is happening during the rule of Kim Jong Un.
We are going to uncover some facts about the number one family in North Korea, starting with the daughter of the supreme leader. Her name has been identified as Ju-Ae, and if not for former basketball star Dennis Rodman, the information might not be out there yet.
Rodman said, “Marshal Kim and I had a relaxing time by the sea with his family,” after visiting the country.
He continued saying, “I held their baby Ju Ae and spoke with Ms. Ri (Sol Ju) as well. He’s a good dad and has a beautiful family,” Rodman told The Guardian newspaper in 2013. Before we go in-depth as to who Kim Ju-Ae is, let’s check out interesting facts about North Korea’s leader’s daughter.
10 interesting facts about Kim Ju-Ae
- Kim Ju Ae is the second child and oldest daughter of Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju.
- She was born in North Korea in 2013, according to reports.
- She has two other siblings, an older brother born in 2010 and a younger sibling believed to be born in 2017.
- She has met former NBA star Dennis Rodman who was welcomed into the home of Kim Jong Un.
- The exact birth date of Kim Ju Ae is not known.
- No picture of Kim Ju Ae is available online as of this publication.
- Kim Ju Ae’s mother, Ri Sol Ju, is believed to be a former singer and cheerleader.
- Her father is North Korea’s supreme leader.
- Kim Ju Ae’s dad, Kim Jong Un, loves basketball and idolises Michael Jordan.
- Kim Ju Ae should be eight years old in 2021.
Early life and family
According to North Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), Kim Jong Un has three children with his wife Ri Sol Ju. Although, the Kim family had always kept a tight leash on information regarding the family member through history, the media was able to find out one of his children, a girl, is named Ju Ae.
Although it has yet to be publicly corroborated, former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who visited Pyongyang in 2013 said he held Kim’s daughter Ju Ae.
Kim Ju Ae is believed to be born in 2013 although facts about the specific date and place of birth are still a mystery. That has been the norm with North Korea’s ruling family. Speculations continue to run wild as the personal and family life of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un continues to be shrouded in secrecy.
Kim Ju Ae is believed to have two other siblings, an elder brother and a junior sibling whose name or gender is unknown. Kim Jong Un has yet to discuss his children in public, but he once made a rare, personal comment about his children to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2018, according to the former CIA officer who helped coordinate the Singapore summit.
“I’m a father and a husband. And I have children, and I don’t want my children to carry the nuclear weapon on their back their whole life,” Pompeo paraphrased Kim. The CIA officer also mentioned that Kim had made the comments after he asked him if he would be willing to abandon his nuclear ambitions.
Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un is North Korea’s supreme leader and the father of Kim Ju Ae, according to intelligence reports and Rodman’s revelation. He is also the second child of Kim Jong-il, who was North Korea’s second supreme leader from 1994 to 2011 when Jong Un took over the reins of power.
Kim is married to Ri Sol Ju, and the pair were believed to have secretly tied the knot in 2009. The couple has three children although, they have yet to be seen with them publicly.
Kim’s birthdate, according to North Korean authorities and state-run media, is believed to be 8 January 1982. He is the second of three children of the former supreme ruler. He has an elder brother Kim Jong-Chul, who was born in 1981, and a younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, believed to have been born in 1987.
Kim Jong Un was reported to have schooled abroad in Switzerland, and although his grades were poor, he was fascinated with basketball, the NBA, and Michael Jordan. It’s probably why he was very welcoming to NBA star Dennis Rodman.
Asides from basketball, he was also interested in computer games and was a huge fan of Jackie Chan action movies. Kim Jong Un is regarded as a leader who has a greater visible interest in the welfare of his people and engages in greater interaction with them than his father did.
Former president of the United States, Donald Trump even said, “I learned he was a talented man. I also learned he loves his country very much.” He added that Kim had a “great personality” and was “very smart”. In 2018, Kim Jong Un was ranked as the 38th most powerful man in the world by Forbes magazine, the highest by Koreans. Also, 78% of respondents from South Korea said they trusted Kim, compared with 10% approval a couple of months prior after a poll was conducted during the May 2018 inter-Korean summit.
North Korea’s supreme leader is also believed to have 17 luxury palaces around North Korea, a fleet of 100 (mostly European) luxury cars, a private jet, and a 100-foot (30 m) yacht.
How old is Kim Jong Un?
The actual date of birth of North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, cannot be verified. According to Wikipedia, Kim Jong Un was born on 8 January 1982 or 1983, and he should be 29 or 30 years old in 2021.
Who is Kim Jong Un wife Ri Sol-Ju?
Ri Sol Ju is the first lady of North Korea, and she occasionally accompanies Kim Jong Un to various events. She was with her husband following his historic summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
She made her first appearance at an official event in 2011 during the funeral of her father-in-law, Kim Jong Il. Ri has threaded a vastly different path to her predecessors, occupying a role more similar to the wife of a Western leader.
For many years, Ri Sol Ju has been a mystery woman and is believed to be in her 20s or early 30s. There’s relatively nothing known about her family or her background.
Ri, according to intelligent reports, has given birth to three children for Kim Jong Un, but the kids have never been seen around them publicly.
The first time Ri was said to have been pregnant was far back in 2010, when her public appearance suddenly diminished. It was later attributed to pregnancy, and she allegedly gave birth to their first child, a son, then.
A similar situation occurred in 2013 and 2016 and is believed to be the birth year of Kim Ju Ae and a third child whose name and gender are unknown.
Ri Sol Ju allegedly had a career as a singer before she got married. She is said to have even travelled to China to study singing. Also, Ri Sol Ju finished from Kim Il Sung University and is the granddaughter or grandniece of Ri Pyong Chol, former head of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Forces and her father was also a KPA officer, according to Madden.
South Korean lawmaker Jung Chung-rai told CNN in 2012 that Ri Sol Ju had visited South Korea for the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon as part of a cheering squad. Photos appeared to show Ri alongside other North Korean cheerleaders, wearing a black and white hanbok and waving flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula.
The ruling family in North Korea, the Kim family, have always been very secretive altogether and information they don’t want out would only remain speculation as long as they want.
As for Kim Ju Ae, hopefully, sometime soon in the nearest future, we would be able to give more information about her and her other siblings.
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