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June 24 (Bloomberg) -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is close to transferring power to his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, a senior South Korean government official said.
Circumstances suggest the elder Kim, 68, is grooming Jong Un to take control of the communist nation, said the official, who briefed reporters in Seoul on condition of anonymity. There’s no concrete evidence the son has support from the country’s elite, which could cause a power struggle, he said.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Edit to Add. He's the one on the right I think. I know it's hard to tell
Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-woon or Kim Jung Woon (born 1983) is the third and youngest son of Kim Jong-il with his late partner Ko Young-hee. JoongAng Daily has reported that he was designated successor by his father, the leader of North Korea.
It is reported that he attended the English language International School of Bern in Bern, Switzerland until 1998 under a pseudonym, although this is disputed. It is also reported that he speaks English, some German, Bernese German, and French, and that he enjoys skiing and basketball and is a fan of Michael Jordan. To date, only one known image of Kim Jong-un exists, taken when he was eleven. However another photo, purportedly taken when he was 16, was published in the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun.
Figuring out just who will rule North Korea when Kim Jong Il exits the scene has become something of a global parlor game. In January 2009, the South Korean news agency, Yonhap, reported that Kim Jong Il's third and youngest son, Kim Jong-un, had been nominated to succeed his father "around" Jan. 8, the younger Kim's birthday. Although there was no corroborating information from the North Korean media (and there still is none), Yonhap's articles cited sources with close ties to the North Korean leadership. Then in April, Yonhap reported that Kim Jong-un had been appointed to the National Defense Commission (NDC) in an unnamed capacity. Whether any of this is true is debatable, but for those of us who read the tea leaves in Pyongyang for a living, the growing focus on the third son as the successor appears to be reaching a critical mass.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by SLAYER69
There was a thread, I will look for it. The son is said to be more westernized, educated in the US? I think, and even making sex trips to Japan...