Sept 27, 2010
The fruit crop is expected to be excellent. The apples are plump and the grape clusters heavy. Farmers smile as they toil in the fields, and people wave flags on their way to work. Tractors are bringing in another good harvest.
The footage unfolding across North Korean television screens offers images of the good life, apparently unaltered for years. But change is coming to this isolated and bizarre dictatorship, as the world’s first communist dynasty prepares to transfer power to its third generation.
Like everything in this country, the move is shrouded in mystery. But the people are already being groomed for a phased transition, supporting the widespread belief that the leader, Kim Jong-il, will use Tuesday’s Workers’ party assembly to signal he has chosen his youngest son to succeed him. One Pyongyang student says there is already a song dedicated to the heir apparent.
“We were told at university that Kim Jong-un is very intelligent, that he has a military background, and that he is very young,” added the young woman, who asked to remain anonymous.
This article was posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3:42 am