300,000 North Koreans have fled to China risking their lives to flee the mass starvation and brutal oppression of the Stalinist North Korea Kim Jong regime.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Kim Jong Un, now four-star general and vice chairman of the North Korean Workers Party
Kim Jong Un, the youngest son ofNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Il, was named vice chairman of the Workers Party of Korea'scentral military commission, North Korea's state news agency reported Tuesday.
Kim Jong Un, who is widely expected to be the successor to North Korea's "Dear Leader," was also named to theCentral Committeeof the party. And just prior to this, during the party conference,Kim Jong Unwas promoted to a four-star general.
Kim Jong Ilserved a 20-year apprenticeship at his father's side. But withKim Jong Il, now 68, and in poor health after suffering a stroke, analysts think succession plans have accelerated.
Kim Jong Il prioritized the military and bypassed the party. One key question if Kim Jong Un does inherit leadership: Can he sustain his grandfather's and father's legacy, even as North Koreans go hungry while the country pours money into its nuclear program and military?