Sunday, October 03, 2010

Kim Jong-un, part of North Korea's ruling triumvirate

A photograph of a plump, poker-faced young confirmed the rise of Kim Jong-il's youngest son as the leader-in-waiting of the secretive state, North Korea. 

Park Young-ho of the Korean Institute for National Unification said the photograph provided unwritten confirmation that the young Kim was the heir apparent. 

"It has now been made public he is the successor ... the picture shows that Kim Jong-un is now the second man in North Korea's power echelon," he said. 

Rising with Kim Jong-un were his father's sister [Kyong-hui] and her husband [Jang Song-taek], creating a powerful triumvirate ready to take over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since its founding after World War Two. 

[The Independent]

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