The privileged life of Ju Ae, Kim Jong Un’s 9-year-old daughter

The privileged life of Ju Ae, Kim Jong Un’s 9-year-old daughter

The privileged life of Ju Ae, Kim Jong Un’s 9-year-old daughter

Don’t cry for the dictator’s daughter.

Nine-year-old Ju Ae, who was pictured in public last week for the first time as she appeared holding hands with her father, North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, to observe the launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, may have a strange life — but it is probably a very good life, say analysts in North Korea.

She is believed to have two siblings, including an older brother, and is based with her family in their huge seaside villa in Wonsan, Kangwon Province. The property, which has been compared to Mar-a-Lago, features swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, waterslides and a sports stadium and sits on the beaches of eastern North Korea’s beautiful Sea of ​​Japan.

When they tire of Wonsan, the family has about 15 other mansions and palaces spread across the country to which they travel via an elaborate underground system of tunnels and railways designed to avoid the prying eyes of foreign intelligence satellites overhead, North Korea experts said .

State media did not release her name, but the girl was identified in 2013 by retired NBA star Dennis Rodman, who reportedly said he had held Ju Ae during a “relaxing” visit with his strongman.

Ju Ae (second from left, between parents Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol-Ju) travels between the family's 16 mansions and palaces.
Ju Ae (second from left, between parents Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol-Ju) travels between the family’s 16 mansions.
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“When you look at the picture of him holding her hand, you can see a degree of intimacy and you can see that it’s something she’s used to,” said expert Michael Madden.
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Ju Ae reportedly has a lot of attention and affection from her parents, according to Michael Madden, a non-resident fellow at the Stinson Center and an expert on North Korea.

“She has a very nice life,” Madden told The Post of Ju Ae. “She and her siblings have a full complement of nannies and maids, but they also hang out with their parents a lot. Kim Jong Un’s father was a tough guy, but he was also very attentive to his children. When you’re a dictator, you can choose how you are using your time.”

Kim Jong Un, 40, has been the hermit kingdom’s supreme leader since 2011, following in the footsteps of his father. Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, the founder of North Korea. Unlike his predecessors, who were serial philanderers, Kim Jong Un is believed to be faithful to his wife, Ri Sol-Ju.

Ju Ae observed the launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile with her parents and the authorities gathered at Pyongyang International Airport.

Kim is said to be devoted to his wife of 13 years, Ri Sol-Ju.
Kim is said to be devoted to his wife of 13 years, Ri Sol-Ju.
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Photos from the event show Kim watching the launch from a distance with her daughter, who wore a white jacket and red shoes and had her hair pulled back.

“When you look at the picture of him holding her hand, you can see a level of intimacy and you can see that it’s something she’s used to,” Madden said. “This is not just a picture.”

At the same time, it is is a photo op, Madden explained.

“North Korea likes to kill five birds with one stone with their messages,” he said. “I think the affection is genuine, but they are clearly trying to humanize Kim Jong Un and try to make him appear as normal as possible. His father cultivated an aura of mystery. He used to say, ‘When the enemy is looking at us, we should they look into a fog.’ But now it seems they want less mystery and make Kim look like a normal family man. He represents a departure from his father.”

Experts told The Post that Kim Jong Un, by showing off his daughter, is reminding his people that he and his family are here to stay.
Experts told The Post that Kim Jong Un, by showing off his daughter, is reminding his people that he and his family are here to stay.
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North Korea also wants to send a message to the world that the Kim family is firmly entrenched as the country’s rulers – as a monarchy.

The Kims have long claimed to have what they call the “Mount Paektu bloodline.” Mount Paektu is located in the north and is the highest, holiest place on the peninsula for all Koreans. It is here that the spiritual founder of Koreans, Dangun, son of a god and a bear, was said to have been born in 2333 BC.

“Kim Jong Un is saying in these photos of him with his daughter: My regime is going nowhere, so get used to it,” Sean King, an Asia specialist at Park Strategies, told The Post. “The Kim regime and North Korea are here to stay and here is the next generation. The atomic bombs aren’t going anywhere either.”

“The family lives a very exclusive, barricaded life,” said expert Sean King.
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King also said that Ju Ae and her siblings live a good life from what outsiders can see.

“The family lives a very exclusive, barricaded life in these palaces,” King said. “It is a monastic life, but a good one. But much of what the family does is of course not just a secret to us, it’s a secret to theirs too.”

However, unlike her father, Ju Ae or her siblings are unlikely to study abroad.

It is believed that Ri and Kim also have two other children.
It is believed that Ri and Kim also have two other children.
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Kim was sent to an elegant private school in Bern, Switzerland – where an older brother had already gone to study – at the age of 12 in 1996, amid the devastating famine in North Korea that killed up to 3 million people. He was left in the care of an aunt who pretended to be his mother and later defected to the United States, where she ran a dry cleaners in Manhattan. (She now lives in New York state.)

One of his classmates at the Liebefeld-Steinhölzli school described Kim as a reserved boy who could have a temper and was obsessed with basketball, especially Michael Jordan. He also loved Jean-Claude Van Damme movies.

Kim was so crazy about basketball that he sometimes slept with one next to his bed, his aunt once said. He wore NBA jerseys, had a huge collection of expensive Nike shoes and wore fancy tracksuits – but never jeans, as they were a sign of hated capitalism.

Kim's father, Kim Jong-Il, was the country's last dictator - and the family believes they descend from the
Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, was the country’s last dictator – and the family believes they descend from the “Mount Paektu bloodline”.
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Ju Ae probably won’t study abroad because the security concerns are too great, but she will have access to the outside world in a way that ordinary North Korean children never will, Madden said.

“North Korean elites have unfettered access to the outside world,” Madden said. “KJU watches CNN all the time. He grew up watching “The Matrix” and listening to Prince and Madonna. Children’s minds can be a little warped, but [Ju Ae] have access to the Internet, I can assure you.”

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