Sept 28, 2010
North Korea’s ailing dictator Kim Jong-il appointed his youngest son a four-star general on Tuesday, giving his country the first official hint that he will be their next leader.
Hours after Kim Jong-un, 28, was given his first known official position the North Korean’s 1.2m-strong army, his name was mentioned for the first time in public by the country’s state media, in a move analysts described as highly significant.
The apparent confirmation that Kim Jong-un is now actively being groomed to succeed his ailing 68-year-old father came as hundreds of delegates travelled to the capital Pyongyang to attend the largest meeting of the ruling Workers Party for 30 years.
“As expected, the dynastic transition is becoming public. So far, they are following the pattern we saw in the 1970s when Kim Jong-il himself was moving to become the new Dear Leader. The difference is that this time they seem to be in a great hurry,” said Andrei Lankov of Seoul’s Kookmin University.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 9:46 am