Attention Shifts to Pyongyang’s Young Leader—After the sudden death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, attention
swings to his third son, Kim Jong Eun, who has been named as the new leader of
the isolated country.

A smooth transition of power is far from certain.

Kim Jong Eun, born either in 1983 or 1984 according to the South Korean
government, was effectively appointed to succeed to his father in September last
year, when the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea handed him the post of four-star
general in the Korean People’s Army and a position on the military commission of
the party. Before the announcement, he had never been mentioned by North Korea’s
state media.  Read more

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