Kim Jong Un married his wife Ri Sol Ju in 2009
Very little is known about their children or private life
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has a third child, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) has learned.
Lawmakers were briefed on the matter Monday, said Kim Byung-kee of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, though Kim Jong Un’s wife Ri Sol Ju is believed to have given birth in February.
“The gender of their new child is unknown,” the lawmaker said.
Little is known about the North Korean first family, but Kim said he learned from “non-NIS sources” the couple’s first child was a boy, born in 2010, while the second was a daughter, born in 2013.
Opposition lawmaker Yi Wan-yong said “Kim’s first child is a son and the second child is a daughter,” noting he also learned this information from non-NIS sources.
“The NIS told us (Monday) about Ri Sol Ju giving birth to the third child because this implies she remains an influential figure in North Korea,” Yi said.
In 2013, following a highly controversial visit to North Korea, former NBA star Dennis Rodman revealed the name and gender of one of Kim and Ri’s children, a daughter called Ju Ae.
“I held their baby Ju Ae and spoke with Ms. Ri as well,” he said, describing Kim as “a good dad.”
On Tuesday, North Korea launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan before crashing into the ocean, the latest in a series of ramped up missile tests since Kim became the country’s supreme leader in 2011.
There was speculation that Ri was pregnant late last year, when she disappeared from public view for several months, a time frame that would seem to line up with a February birth.
Little is known about Ri, who accompanied Kim to his father’s funeral in late 2011, sparking widespread speculation about the couple.