Kim Jong-un has a baby daughter, says Rodman

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Kim Jong-un has a baby daughter, says Rodman

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has a baby daughter, according to U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman, who met Kim last week.

Kim’s wife Ri Sol-ju appeared to be pregnant in pictures issued last year by North Korea’s state news agency, although no confirmation was available. She then disappeared from public view, returning last October.

Rodman, who has visited North Korea twice this year and describes Kim as his “friend,” told Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he held the baby.

“I held their baby Ju-ae and spoke with Ms. Ri as well. He’s a good dad and has a beautiful family,” Rodman was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Kim is the third member of his family to rule North Korea and is believed to be 30 years old.

He was effectively anointed as his father’s successor in 2010, despite the fact he is the youngest of Kim Jong-il’s three sons.

Given the traditional nature of North Korean society, it is unlikely that a daughter would succeed her father, although female relatives of Kim, such as his aunt, occupy key positions in the government. Reuters
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