Seoul, South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the launch of a “new type” of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, accompanied by his young daughter, whose existence had not previously been confirmed.
Dramatic images released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) show Kim shaking hands with a girl, as an ICBM sits nearby on its mobile launch platform.
KCNA claimed that the “new” missile seen by the pair was a Hwasong-17, and said it launched from Pyongyang International Airfield, with a range of 999.2 km (621 mi). Distance covered.
Japan warned after Friday’s launch that the new missile appeared to be capable of reaching the US mainland.
Kim said the test was meant to “clearly demonstrate” his country’s ability to respond to “mysterious threats by enemies to destroy peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” KCNA reported. “Offensive war exercises”.
KCNA said, “Kim Jong-un solemnly announced that if the enemy continues to pose threats to the DPRK, introducing a repeated method of nuclear attack, our party and government will use nuclear weapons and all-out confrontation with nuclear weapons.” It will react strongly against a full-scale confrontation.”
Launched Friday about 210 kilometers (130 miles) west of the Japanese island of Oshima, it was not the first time North Korea had fired an ICBM, experts and officials said. He can theoretically reach America.
According to a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) at the time, Friday’s missile was shorter in height and distance than Pyongyang’s March 24 missile test, which surpassed any missile test by North Korea to date. The highest altitude and longest duration was recorded. KCNA reported that the missile reached an altitude of 6,248.5 km (3,905 mi) and traveled a distance of 1,090 km (681 mi).
And in 2017, then-US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that a missile fired by North Korea that year demonstrated the ability to hit “everything in the world”.
Despite the missile’s theoretical range, Pyongyang’s ability to carry a nuclear warhead and deliver it to a target remains unproven.
Ballistic missiles are launched into space before falling to Earth. Experts still don’t have conclusive proof that North Korea can get a warhead to re-ignite the Earth’s atmosphere.
Kim’s threats to the US and South Korea were also nothing new.
After a missile test in October, North Korea’s leader warned opponents that his nuclear forces were fully prepared for “real war”.
“Our nuclear warheads once again proved their full readiness for real war to bring the enemy under control,” Kim said in a KCNA report.
Little is known about the private life of Kim Jong Un or his family.
Kim’s daughter, who was appearing in state media for the first time, was not named in Saturday’s news. But in 2013, former basketball star Dennis Rodman told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper that Kim had a “child” called “Ju Ae.”
Rodman said he spent time with the family, describing Kim as a “good dad” and that he spoke with Kim’s wife, Ri Sol Jo.
“I held their baby Joe A and also spoke to Ms Ray,” he told the newspaper.
Speculation began in 2012 that Rey might be pregnant after a photo circulated by state media showed her wearing a long coat that may have hidden a bump. But the North Korean authorities have kept silent on this issue.
State media did not announce Kim and Ri’s marriage until July 2012, nearly three years after the wedding, according to South Korean intelligence.
But that changed in 2018, when she was given the new title of “Dear First Lady” by North Korean state media, a step up from the previously used “comrade” and, according to analysts, a sign that she Getting your personality. Sect
According to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), Kim and Ri have three children together.
North Korea has been ruled as a hereditary dictatorship since it was founded in 1948 by Kim Il Sung. His son, Kim Jong Il, took over after his father’s death in 1994. And Kim Jong Un took power 17 years after Kim Jong Il died.