North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has shown his daughter to the public again, this time in a conversation with rocket scientists, bestowing more honors on her with the titles of her father’s “most beloved” or “precious” child.

She is believed to be only about ten years old, but the new pictures deepen the debate about whether she is preparing to be his successor.

The daughter, believed to be his second child named Ju Ae, was first introduced to the world last weekend in state media footage showing her watching the launch of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile the previous day with her parents and other officials.

She is then seen walking with Kim while holding his hand next to a large rocket on a launch truck and watching the rocket take off.

Today, North Korea’s KCNA news agency mentioned the second time, saying Kim posed for a group photo with scientists, officials and others involved in what it said was the test launch of the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile.

KCNA described her as Kim’s “most beloved” or “precious” child, a higher title than the previous description as a “beloved” child, as conveyed in her first appearance on November 19.

State media showed her in a long black coat holding hands with her father as they posed for pictures. The little girl resembles her mother Ri Sol Joo, who was not present in today’s pictures, and looked more grown-up than during her first public appearance a week ago.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace expert Ankit Panda believes that it is striking that she is shown next to her father as she is honored by technicians and scientists involved in the latest ICBM missile launch and that this supports the idea that this is the beginning of her positioning as a potential successor.

He said that this thesis is supported by the fact that the state media emphasizes her father’s love for her and that both public appearances were in the context of strategic nuclear weapons, North Korea’s most important defense capabilities.

In his opinion, this does not seem accidental and further confirms that she may be preparing to be an heiress. North Korean media have not mentioned the other two children Kim is believed to have.

Kim is the third generation of the family to rule North Korea for more than seven decades, his father and grandfather having ruled before he inherited power in late 2011.

State media today also reported that Kim called the Hwasong-17 missile the most powerful strategic weapon in the world and that he said the country’s ultimate goal is to have “the most powerful strategic force in the world.”

Experts say the Hwasong-17 missile, North Korea’s longest-range missile designed to hit the US mainland, is still under development.

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