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N Korea’s Kim To Anoint Youngest Son Heir

From a delighted Reuters:

North Korea’s Kim moves to anoint youngest son as heir

By Jon Herskovitz

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has signaled the anointment of his youngest son as heir to the ruling family dynasty as the rival Koreas bolstered their militaries along a disputed sea border on Tuesday…

Analysts believe that Kim Jong-il, whose power base stems from his support for the military, may be using the growing tension to give him greater leverage over power elites at home to nominate his own successor.

It has raised alarm in the region over how far iron ruler Kim, 67 and thought to have suffered a stroke last year, may be prepared to take his latest military grandstanding…

Kim Jong-un, born either in 1983 or early 1984, was educated in Switzerland and intelligence sources have said he appears to be the most capable of Kim’s three known sons.

Even by North Korea’s opaque standards, very little is known about the son, whose youth is a potential problem in a society that adheres closely to the importance of seniority.

"There is a significant link between North Korea’s recent military provocations and succession issues," said Lee Dong-bok, an expert on the North’s negotiating tactics…

The succession has been one of the most closely guarded secrets in the highly secretive North.

Yonhap quoted an informed source as saying the request for an oath of loyalty by North Korean officials to the youngest son came shortly after the nuclear test on May 25, which was hailed by the North’s propaganda as a crowning achievement in Kim Jong-il’s "military first" rule.

In April, Kim Jong-il put to rest any doubt about whom he sees as his second in command when he elevated his brother-in-law Jang Song-taek to a powerful military post, analysts said.

Analysts said they see the energetic and urbane Jang, 63, as the real power broker after Kim who will groom the successor. Jang, who once fell out of Kim’s favor, has in recent year’s been Kim’s right hand man, they said.

Oh, joy.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “N Korea’s Kim To Anoint Youngest Son Heir”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    The other two elder sons have hamster brains……..after their father.
    The youngest son is in reality…….Barney Fwanks gerbil.

  2. Kim Jong Il looks like Al Davis in that picture! Or maybe its the other way around

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