South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, believes North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un became a father for the third time earlier this year.
In a briefing to South Korea’s parliament yesterday, NIS officials said they believed Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-Ju, gave birth in February, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
The NIS briefing came the day before another escalation in regional tensions, with North Korea launching a missile through Japanese airspace on Tuesday morning.
There was no information on the name or the sex of the baby, so it remains unknown if Kim has a son that would continue his family’s dictatorship dynasty that is now into its third generation.
Kim Jong-Un is the third in an familial line of North Korean dictators stretching back to his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, who founded the state in 1948 and led the invasion of South Korea in 1950, sparking the Korean War.
Kim Jong-Un and his wife have been married for eight years and have two other children, born in 2010 and 2013, according to a report from Chosun Ilbo.
Kim is extremely secretive about his family, but it is believed his second child was a girl, according to information from Dennis Rodman, who is friendly with Kim.
Chosun Ilbo reported there was speculation about a possible pregnancy last year after Ri stopped appearing in public.
The arrival of the third child in February, as reported by South Korean intelligence, came at the start of a continuing escalation of regional tensions through the North’s missile program. The first of its new medium-range ballistic missiles was tested in February, and was followed by the launch of four ballistic missiles in March. These were precursors to the successful test of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in July.
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