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N Korea at crossroads

Appearances of Kim Jong Un's daughter stir debate on succession

Is she being primed as heir apparent, or used as a ploy to get U.S. attention?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, along with his daughter, walks away from an intercontinental ballistic missile in this undated photo released on Nov. 19 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL -- Recent public appearances of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's daughter have left many experts speculating on their significance for the hermit kingdom's destiny, including its future leadership and arms programs.

Kim unveiled his young daughter to the world for the first time on Nov. 19, the day after the country fired its latest ballistic missile, in photos showing them hand-in-hand at the launch site.

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