North Korean leader Kim Jong Un revealed his daughter to the world for the first time as they inspected an intercontinental ballistic missile ahead of its launch.

Mr Kim’s daughter, whose existence had never been publicly confirmed before, was seen holding her father’s hand.

Although state news agency KCNA did not name the girl, experts believe it is Ju Ae, who is believed to be between 12 and 13 years old.

The pair were pictured before the missile was fired on Friday and landed 200 km (124 miles) off the coast of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese officials.

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Photo: KCNA/Reuters

Mr. Kim is said to have up to three children, two girls and a boy.

Michael Madden, a North Korean leadership expert at the US-based Stimson Center, said: “This is the first observed occasion where we see Kim Jong Un’s daughter at a public event.

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Photo: KCNA/Reuters

“It’s very meaningful and represents a certain degree of comfort on Kim Jong Un’s part that he is bringing her out in public like this.”

In 2013, retired American basketball star Dennis Rodman said Mr Kim had a “baby” daughter named Ju Ae.

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