Extra! Korea

May 13, 2009

Kim Jong-il’s youngest son is becoming more visible, but he’s got a long way to go

Filed under: Kim Jong-il, North Korea — extrakorea @ 2:05 pm

According to the Korea Herald and the Joongang Daily, the youngest son of Kim Jong-il, Jong-un, is becoming more visible, leading credence to the notion that his is Jong-il’s designated heir. However, he’s got a long way to go.
When Kim Il-sung named Jong-il as his successor, in 1974, Jong-il was 32. He held important party posts and played an important role in uniting the party around his father by purging officials who were members of rival factions. In 1994, Il-sung died and Jong-il became leader. By contrast, Jong-un is believed to be only 25 or 26, and has been named to a low-level post called “instructor” in the National Defense Commission. Because of his recent stroke, Jong-il probably only has a few more years left before he dies, in which case, Jong-un would be younger than his father was when he was chosen to be heir. Unless someone like Jang Song-taek takes him under his wing, I would expect him to have “a car accident,” or something like that, soon after his father passes away.


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