Extra! Korea

June 24, 2009

(Updated) Evidence of North Korean succession plans?

Filed under: Kim Jong-il, North Korea — extrakorea @ 1:56 am

In the past several days, the Chosun Ilbo and Korea Times have reported that Kim Jong-il’s third and youngest son, Jong-un, had been appointed to a high-level position and that he may even be acting as a kind of surrogate leader for his ailing father. However, Andrei Lankov has shown us that we should take all of this news with a grain of salt. These reports seem to be coming mainly out of Japanese newspapers, and the Japanese have been wrong about these kinds of things in the recent past.

However, in a speech by Kim Jong-il, there might be, finally, concrete evidence of plans to designate his son as his heir.

The Rodong Sinmun, the North’s main newspaper published by the Workers’ Party, on Tuesday quoted Kim [Jong-il] as recently saying, “A revolutionary tradition created by our founding leader (Kim Il-sung) is the strong root of our party and its revolution. Our revolution has been successful because the blood of juche (self-reliance) has been inherited by successive generations.” (emphasis mine)

The paper said Kim made the remark during his tour of one of the communist North’s revolutionary sites in northern part of the country.

If Kim Jong-il is using the words that I emphasized literally, then that might rule out people like Jang Song-taek and General Oh, who are about the same age as he.


The Dong-a Ilbo and Korea Times have news about how Kim Jong-il has supposedly put Jong-un in charge of North Korea’s secret police. Since the secret police investigate and punish treason in all organizations, including the military, this is seen as an ideal position from which to root out and quash any opposition to Jong-un’s eventual succession.

1 Comment »

  1. […] Korea — extrakorea @ 1:49 am Not too long ago, I posted about how there might, finally, be some concrete evidence that Kim Jong-il’s third and youngest son, Jong-un, might be being groomed to be his heir. […]

    Pingback by I give up trying to guess about North Korean succession « Extra! Korea — June 27, 2009 @ 1:49 am

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