The regime authorities North Korea have unveiled this Tuesday the designs of a new stamp collection in which it first appears North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s daughterwhich are based on an act held in November 2022 on the firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The new collection of stamps includes a total of eight samples, in five of which appears ju aeten years old. North Korea Stamp Corp. highlights that the stamps will be available starting this Friday, February 17.
Ju has become increasingly visible at his father’s official events, in a country where no kind of public political gesture is casual. In fact, she participated last week in a military parade in the capital, Pyongyang, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean People’s Army.
In addition, the official media have begun to refer to her as “respected”, rather “Dear”, a possible sample of the rise of his figure. Regime authorities have begun asking North Korean Ju Ae women to change their names, as all previous North Korean leaders once did, according to US broadcaster Radio Free Asia.
The girl – probably the Kim’s second daughter, Ju-ae– reviewed the honor guard in the latest in a series of high-profile appearances that have sparked fervent speculations that has been anointed heiress.
Who is it?
For years, North Korean state media never mentioned Kim’s children, though the Seoul spy agency has said it has three with his wife. They are believed to be around 13, 10 and 6 years.
The only previous confirmation of its existence came from the former NBA star Dennis Rodmanwho claimed to have met a young daughter of Kim’s named Ju-ae during a visit to North Korea in 2013.
But three months ago, at the launch of his most powerful ICBM, Kim showed up with his “Dear daughter piggyback.
Although North Korea has never officially identified her by name, the Seoul spy agency and analysts believe the girl is Ju-ae, Kim’s second daughter.
Is she Kim’s heiress?
It seemsaccording to experts.
The state media have described it as Kim’s “beloved” and “respected” daughterand she has been seen walking hand in hand with her father, while her mother was behind them.
According to Cheong Seong Changresearcher of Sejong Institute of South Koreathis indicates that North Korea has begun to create a “cult of personality” around Ju-ae.
This “indicates that it has been designated de facto successoralthough it does not yet have the official status of ‘successor’”, he stated.
In the state media images, Ju-ae appears in the center, next to her father and surrounded by the country’s high command.
“This suggests that Kim Ju-ae will become the supreme commander of the army in the future,” Cheong added.
Will North Korea accept a female leader?
Bronwen Daltondirector of University of Technology Sydney Business School Department of Managementasserts that North Korea’s glass ceiling has been bulletproof when it comes to women assuming political leadership roles.
But change is underway, he says, and North Korean leaders try to “maintain their legitimacy by creating a new version of femininity” that reflects the social changes that have occurred in the country in recent decades.
The younger generations “have grown up buying and selling in markets, using mobile phones and accessing foreign media content,” forcing North Korea to recalibrate your version of the ideal woman.
The current North Korean leadership, although predominantly male, has some high-profile women, such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Choe Son Huiand Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jongas spokesperson for the regime.
Kim Jong-un “presides over a propaganda apparatus that forges a new narrative on the place of womenDalton stated.
But above all, the most important role of all North Korean women remains “devotion to his ‘father’ Kim Jong-un”which Ju-ae embodies perfectly, he added.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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