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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un's daughter no shoo-in for dad's job

Grapevine points to Kim Ju Ae being groomed as an aide to her elder brother

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's daughter, Kim Ju Ae, center, attends a banquet with her family in Pyongyang on Feb. 7 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Korean People's Army the following day. (KCNA via Reuters)

TOKYO -- A North Korean girl, about 10, is garnering world attention as a possible heir to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Those who expect Kim Ju Ae to succeed her father cite many reasons. She was seen attending various public events with her father, including a major military parade that she observed from a special balcony in Pyongyang. Ri Sol Ju, her mother and Kim's wife, walks a step behind her. State media, which initially described the girl as Kim's "beloved child," is now calling her "noble child" or "respected child." Pyongyang has unveiled the designs of a commemorative stamp featuring Ju Ae.

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