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Kim Jong-Un's Baby Daughter Named Ju-Ae, Says Dennis Rodman

The leader of North Korea reportedly has a daughter, seemingly securing the dynasty that has ruled for three generations.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju attend the opening ceremony of the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground on Rungna Islet along the Taedong River in Pyongyang on July 25, 2012.

U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman visited with Kim Jong-un in North Korea last week — his second visit to the isolated country this year. Rodman said he held Kim Jong-un's baby girl, named Ju-Ae, in his arms.

Rodman has previously referred to the North Korean leader as his "friend," and on Sunday told The Guardian that Kim's a "good dad and has a beautiful family."

Last year pictures appeared to show Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju pregnant, although no confirmation was available. She then disappeared from public view, returning last October.


It was believed that Rodman would be negotiating the release of Kenneth Bae, an American missionary who has been detained for over a year in North Korea.

Before his visit on Tuesday, Rodman said he would not be negotiating Bae's release, and was instead going on a "basketball diplomacy tour."


Former basketball star Dennis Rodman of the U.S. shows pictures he took with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the media, upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, in this combination picture of frames shot Sept. 7, 2013.

"The Marshal Kim and I had a relaxing time by the sea with his family," Rodman told The Guardian of his recent visit to North Korea. "We shared many meals and drinks where we discussed our plans to play a historic friendship basketball game between North Korea and the U.S. as well as ways to develop their basketball team."

More details about the basketball game are expected to be announced on Monday.


Former basketball star Dennis Rodman shows a picture of him during his visit to North Korea as he arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport Sept. 7, 2013. Rodman returned on Saturday from his second visit to North Korea this year where he again met with the country's leader Kim Jong-un.


Kim Jong-un is the third member of his family to rule North Korea and was appointed as his father's successor in 2010, although he is the third son.

It is unlikely the baby girl would succeed her father, since only men in the family have been made leaders, but some female relatives of Kim occupy key positions in government.

In August 2013, Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend, Hyon Song-wol, was reportedly shot by a firing squad along with a dozen other performers for making "sex videos" of themselves.

The performers were all members of the Unhasu Orchestra and were publicly executed with machine guns as other band members and family were reportedly forced to watch.

Kim Jong-un reportedly met Hyon Song-wol ten years ago before either was married. His father, Kim Jong-il, disapproved of the relationship and ordered them to break it off.

Kim's wife, Ri Sol-ju, was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before marriage.


Former basketball star Dennis Rodman shows a picture of him during his visit to North Korea as he arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport Sept. 7, 2013.

Rodman's first trip to the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, was sponsored by Vice Media and his most recent trip was sponsored by an Irish bookmaking firm, Paddy Power, which readily admits it has no experience in international diplomacy.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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