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12 October 2010 :: 16:10:04 pm 43843

Kim Jong-Il’s Eldest Son Opposes Dynastic Succession

The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il says he opposes the idea of a dynastic succession in the country, stipulating that he himself has “no interest” in taking power.
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North Korea, the 11th of October 2010: In recent times, Kim Jon-un, the youngest son of the  North Korean dictator, has been unveiled as the nation’s heir apparent, appearing alongside his father in a series of recent high-profile military parades.

His elder brother, Kim Jong-nam, who currently resides overseas in China and Macau, recently commented that he is in opposition of a dynastic succession in his homeland, comments considered highly unusual in the secretive north.

Once though to be his fathers most likely successor, Kim Jong-nam is believed to have fallen out of favour with his father after attempting to sneak away to Japan using a fake passport in 2001.

“Personally, I am against third-generation dynastic succession,” Kim Jong-nam was quoted as saying by Japanese TV station Asahi. “But I think there were internal factors. I think we should adhere to it if there were internal factors involved.”

He added that “for my part, I am prepared to help my younger brother whenever necessary while I stay abroad”. In a rare interview last year in China, he said he had “no interest” in taking power.

Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s ailing leader, took over the reins of the country after the death of his father Kim Il-sung in 1994. He has in recent weeks appeared to have designated his youngest son Kim Jong-un as his successor during rare appearances at several high-profile military parades celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Worker’s Party.

In preparation for his possible rise to the head of the secretive North Korea nation, Kim was recently made a four-star general of the nation while he was promoted to a key position in the ruling Worker’s Party last month.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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