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King Kim Names His Heir

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Posted on Jun 2, 2009
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South Korean media outlets are reporting that North Korea’s Kim Jong-il (right) has chosen his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as his successor. Little is known about Kim the younger, except that he was born in either 1983 or 1984 and is considered the most capable of the Kim brood.

Reuters:

Kim Jong-un, born either in 1983 or early 1984, was educated in Switzerland and intelligence sources have said he appears to be the most capable of Kim’s three known sons.

Even by North Korea’s opaque standards, very little is known about the son, whose youth is a potential problem in a society that adheres closely to the importance of seniority.

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