A Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday that Kim Jong-Il’s third son visited Beijing this month to tell the Chinese leadership that he had been anointed as the reclusive state’s next leader.
The Asahi Shimbun said that Kim Jong-Un arrived for the secret visit by air around June 10 and met Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese leaders, citing unnamed sources close to North Korean affairs.
During the visit, a North Korean aide told the Chinese side that Kim had unofficially been anointed to succeed his father, the newspaper said.
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Little is known about Kim Jong-Un, 26, who was believed to have been schooled in Switzerland and was recently reported by South Korean intelligence officials to have been named as the eventual heir to the family dynasty.
During Kim’s meetings with top Chinese officials, Hu urged North Korea not to conduct a third nuclear test or further missile launches, the report said.