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South Korea: Kim Jong Un's third child born in February

30 August 2017

North Korea has apparently completed preparations for another nuclear test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, according to a National Intelligence Service (NIS) report to the parliamentary intelligence committee on Monday.

Like a lot of things in North Korea, Kim Jong-un's family life is shrouded in mystery.

The news about the third child's birth came the same day that North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

The third child of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was born this year, according to the South Korean National Intelligence Service.

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There was speculation that Ri was pregnant late a year ago, when she disappeared from public view for several months, a time frame that would seem to line up with a February birth.

"I held their baby Ju Ae and spoke with Ms. Ri as well", he said, describing Kim as "a good dad".

American basketball player Dennis Rodman, who visited Pyongyang in 2013, said the second child was a girl and was called Zhu-E.

North Korea has been conducting a large-scale campaign to sort out disgruntled citizens amid growing public fatigue over toughened global sanctions against the impoverished state, Seoul's spy agency said Monday.

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On the possibility of additional provocations, the NIS predicted that the North could launch another ballistic missile during the remainder of the ongoing South Korea-U.S. military exercise set to end Thursday or in time for its regime's foundation on September 9.

Kim also said there is a high likelihood the projectiles launched on Saturday are short-range missiles but investigation is ongoing, News 1 reported. Even the exact age of the current leader and that of his wife are not known.

Little is known about the new generation of the Kim dynasty, one of whom, barring the regime's collapse, is likely to succeed their father in the DPRK's quasi-monarchical system.

However, the details of the first and the third child are still not confirmed.

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South Korea: Kim Jong Un's third child born in February