“Our people take pride in the fact that they are blessed with great leaders from generation to generation. Our people are honored to serve the great President Kim Il-sung and the great leader Kim Jong-il…. Now we also have the honor of serving young Gen. Kim Jong-un.”
His reported use of the present tense — that the people of North Korea are already “serving” Kim Jong-un — might not, in fact, mean that the leader’s son already holds power. For North Korea’s reclusive regime, it seems, there is no important distinction made between the past, the present and the future when it comes to the Kims.