North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il dies with likely successor his youngest son Kim Jong-Un!
Kim Jong-Un, the late twenty-something youngest son of the now dead dictator of North Korea Kim Jung Il appears to be the likely successor to his father.
A smooth ascendency is by no means assured as Jong-Un has not had the time to become seasoned in the government or military and form a base of support.
A non-smooth ascendency in this dark nuclear-armed country is not what the world needs right now, but we will keep track of how things develop.
In the meantime, who is Kim Jong-Un?
Article Encore: Two articles from The Political Commentator on Kim Jong-Un!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
First of all, who is Kim Jong-un and why should we care to know anything about him. The answer to that question is that he is the apparent heir to his father, Kim Jong-il, current leader/dictator of North Korea.
Here is what we do know. He is the youngest of 3 children at 25, and he studied at the International School of Berne until 1998 under the name Pak Chol, where he learned to speak English, German and French. Beyond that, little is known because little is known about much of what goes on in North Korea.
Because his father had a stroke last year and is in questionable health, this young, relative unknown could become the leader of this country that is in the midst of taking on the world with nuclear tests and missile tests. It would have to be assumed that Kim Jong-un shares the ideology of his father, and that he would cater to the military as well as a means to consolidating and holding on to power.
Is he as sane as his father? Less sane? More sane? And to what degree? The answers to these and many other questions will help to dictate the safety of the world going forward, at least as it concerns this one source of trouble.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Succession Plan For Kim Jong-Il Appears To Be In Place
Back in June 2009 when it seemed that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il was terminally ill, or at the very least having suffered a stroke, speculation was that his youngest son, Kim Jong-Un, was his heir apparent. In the story The North Korean Son Rises, it seemed to the experts that by the process of elimination, Kim Jong-Un, not seen other than in an old picture, would be taking over the reins from his father. After recently being promoted to four-star general and appearing with his father at the parade celebrating the anniversary of the formation of the Workers Party, the succession plan is apparently in motion.
The question posed then was whether the future dictator was as sane, more sane or less sane than his father. The world will soon find out from this country that possesses nuclear weapons and an arsenal of missiles increasingly capable of delivering them.
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