The chosen Jong: Giddy Kim Jong Un takes his 10-year-old daughter to paramilitary parade of rocket launchers – as fears grow the tubby tyrant will strike arms deal with Putin

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  • Russia sent a military song and dance group to watch the display in Pyongyang
  • Kim Jong Un is soon expected to visit Russia to discuss potential arm sales 

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been pictured with his rarely-seen 10-year-old daughter, watching over a paramilitary parade in the capital, Pyongyang.

The supreme leader and his until-recently hidden daughter, Kim Ju Ae, sat together on Friday for celebrations of the country’s 75th anniversary, which falls today.

He was joined by visiting Chinese delegates and Russian artists in the latest effort to display ties with Moscow and Beijing in the face of confrontations with Washington. 

While China has sent a delegation led by Vice Premier Liu Guozhong to the North Korea’s anniversary celebrations, Russia sent a military song and dance group.

A large cohort of officials watched as rocket launchers pulled by trucks and tractors rolled through Kim Il Sung Square, followed by infantry drill movements.

It came amid expectations Kim will soon travel to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin to discuss possible Korean arm sales to refill reserves drained by the war in Ukraine.

The supreme leader and his daughter, Kim Ju Ae, sat together on Friday night amid celebrations of the country's 75th founding anniversary, which falls on September 9

The supreme leader and his daughter, Kim Ju Ae, sat together on Friday night amid celebrations of the country’s 75th founding anniversary, which falls on September 9

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter (C) attending the paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter (C) attending the paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un gestures as the civil defense military parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country is held in Pyongyang, September 9, 2023

Kim Jong Un gestures as the civil defense military parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country is held in Pyongyang, September 9, 2023

A paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea

A paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea

Tractors pull troops at a paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea, on Friday 8 September

Tractors pull troops at a paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea, on Friday 8 September

South Korean media speculated that the lack of Russian government officials at the festivities in Pyongyang could be related to preparations for a summit between Kim and Putin, which Washington expects within the month. 

According to some U.S. reports, it could happen as early as next week.

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Putin is expected to attend an international forum that runs from Sunday to Wednesday in the eastern city of Vladivostok, which was also the site of his first summit with Kim in 2019 and is now seen as a possible venue for their next meeting.

South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing Thursday that North Korea and Russia could also be arranging an unexpected ‘surprise’ route for Kim’s visit to avoid potential venues reported by the media.

North Korea has not confirmed any plans for Kim to visit Russia.

‘Whether or not a Putin-Kim summit soon follows, the United States is attempting to deter serious violations of international law by preemptively releasing intelligence,’ said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

The growing cooperation between China, Russia and North Korea, and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip the Group of 20 Summit in India, give the appearance of a widening fissure in Asia’s geopolitical landscape, he said.

Still, a major Russia-North Korea arms deal, which would breach numerous international sanctions, should worry Beijing because ‘association with an emerging pariah state bloc could have negative repercussions for China’s globalized but struggling economy,’ Easley said.

KCNA said Kim received letters from Putin and Xi on the anniversary, where both leaders said that their countries’ strengthening ties with North Korea would contribute to the region’s peace and stability.

Little is known about the supreme leader's daughter Kim Ju Ae, who was first seen at a missile launch in 2022

Little is known about the supreme leader’s daughter Kim Ju Ae, who was first seen at a missile launch in 2022  

Kim Jong Un, right, waves, with his daughter, left, during a paramilitary parade marking North Korea's 75th founding anniversary in Pyongyang, North Korea Friday, September 8

Kim Jong Un, right, waves, with his daughter, left, during a paramilitary parade marking North Korea’s 75th founding anniversary in Pyongyang, North Korea Friday, September 8

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un attends a paramilitary parade ceremony, marking North Korea's 75th founding anniversary in Pyongyang, North Korea Friday, September 8

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un attends a paramilitary parade ceremony, marking North Korea’s 75th founding anniversary in Pyongyang, North Korea Friday, September 8

Saturday’s parade was centered around paramilitary organizations and public security forces protecting Pyongyang, rather than the military units that handle his nuclear-capable weapons systems, which have been the focus of other parades this year.

Millions of North Koreans between the ages of 17 and 60 are listed as Worker-Peasant Red Guards, a national civil defense organization that could be loosely compared to military reserve forces of other countries. 

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Saturday’s marches of the Red Guards included huge columns of motorcycles, anti-tank rockets towed by tractors and civilian-style trucks equipped with multiple rocket launchers, according to KCNA’s text reports and photos.

Photos showed Kim smiling and talking with his young daughter, believed to be named Ju Ae, as they watched the parade from leather chairs set up at Kim’s balcony in Kim Il Sung Square named after his state-founding grandfather.

Since November, Kim Jong Un has been bringing his daughter – believed to be around 10 years old – to major public events involving the country’s military. 

Analysts say Kim’s showcasing of his daughter is meant to send a statement to the world that he has no intention of voluntarily surrendering the nuclear weapons and missiles he sees as the strongest guarantee of his survival and the extension of his family’s dynastic rule.

State media did not mention whether Kim made a speech during the parade, indicating that he likely didn’t.

KCNA said Kim met with Liu and other Chinese delegates ahead of the parade, where they exchanged views on ‘further intensifying the multi-faceted coordination and cooperation’ between the countries.

Tensions in the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years, as the pace of both North Korea’s missile tests and the United States’ combined military exercises with South Korea and Japan have intensified in tit-for-tat.

To counter the deepening security cooperation between Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, Kim has been trying to boost the visibility of his partnerships with Moscow and Beijing as he seeks to break out of diplomatic isolation and have North Korea be a part of a united front against the United States.

In July, Kim invited delegations led by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Li Hongzhong to a huge military parade in Pyongyang, where he rolled out his most powerful weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to target the U.S. mainland.

A paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea

A paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea

Kim Jong Un (C) attending the central report conference at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea

Kim Jong Un (C) attending the central report conference at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea

A day before the parade, Kim took Shoigu on a tour of a domestic arms exhibition, which demonstrated North Korea’s support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and added to suspicions the North was willing to supply arms to Russia.

In exchange for providing Russia with artillery shells and other ammunition, North Korea could seek badly needed energy and food aid and advanced weapons technologies, analysts say. 

There are concerns that potential Russian technology transfers would increase the threat posed by Kim’s growing arsenal of nuclear weapons and missiles that are designed to target the United States and its Asian allies.







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