Ex-North Korean diplomat Ko Young Hwan outlined to Newsweek apparent rivalries among the country’s leading women and a potential aid-for-human rights agreement.
Ko told Newsweek that he remains in contact with those still living in North Korea and he presents an elusive insight into the current state of the country, from its foreign policy to the succession of its three-generation leadership.
He took particular note of the introduction to the world last November of Kim Jong Un’s daughter, believed to be named Kim Ju Ae, at a launch site of the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile. Prior to that moment, the only evidence of her existence outside of intelligence reports was a first-person account by former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman following his 2013 trip to North Korea. But a decade later she has emerged as an increasingly important component of her father’s public messaging.