North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent efforts to bring his daughter to the forefront indicate a sense of urgency in demonstrating commitment to a hereditary power succession, according to South Korea's Unification Minister Kim Yung-ho. The move has sparked speculation about Kim's daughter, believed to be named Ju-ae, potentially succeeding him.
Amidst signs of multiple difficulties faced by North Korea, including diplomatic mission closures and a food shortage, Minister Kim Yung-ho urged a shift in state policy focus from a military-centric approach to measures enhancing people's livelihoods. He emphasized the need for a bold decision in this regard during the upcoming party meeting later this month, where North Korea will review its 2023 policy measures.
A senior official at the Unification Ministry noted that Ju-ae's emergence suggests an early stage in the process of hereditary succession. The creation of the position of the first Secretary in 2021, left vacant since then, is speculated to be in consideration of Ju-ae, who made her first public appearance in November 2022 during a missile firing event alongside her father.
Kim Jong-un inherited leadership in 2011, following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, who had succeeded the country's founder, Kim Il-sung. The Unification Minister's remarks highlight the potential significance of Kim Jong-un's daughter, emphasizing the complex dynamics of succession within North Korea's political landscape.
(With Agency Inputs)