Kim Jong Il Names Youngest Son as Next Leader of North Korea

June 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Kim Jong Il, the Leader of the isolated communist nation, North Korea, in ailing health after recently suffering a stroke and at 67-years-old, has officially tapped his youngest son to be his successor. His son, Kim Jong Un, 26-years-old, was educated at a Swiss boarding school and studied English, French and German with a minor in skiing.

Not much else is known about Kim Jong Un, except various anecdotes from former classmates who described him as timid and introverted and a huge fan of basketball legend Michael Jordan. His mother is former dancer Ko Yong Hi, who died in 2004.

Although there are no definite signs that his father, “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il plans to retire soon, he recently appeared in public limping and looking to be in frail health.

Kim Jong Il’s pick of his youngest son to succeed him, doesn’t come as much of a surprise to political observers. His oldest son, 38-year old Jong Nam was thought to be next in line, but he was caught trying to enter Japan with a false passport in 2001, presumably to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Kim Jong Il’s middle son, Jong Chol is described by the leader’s former, personal Japanese sushi chef, as too “effeminate” to take on the reins of leading the poor communist nation. The sushi chef, who uses the alias of Kenji Fujimoto, described the youngest son, Kim Jong Un as the leader’s favorite who most resembles him.

What this all means for the future leadership of North Korea and the country’s relations with western powers, such as the United States is not yet known. Tensions have increased between North Korea and the U.S. as well as Japan and China, as leader Kim Jong Il has defiantly conducted nuclear tests, both in the air and underground.

On April 5, North Korea launched a test of a Taepodong-2 ballistic missile, claiming it was a satellite launch. Just recently, the rogue leader carried out a powerful underground nuclear test, and launched additional long-range test missiles, setting off tensions in Asia with Japan and other powers.

Political observers believe North Korea’s mysterious leader would credit any future long-range missiles and nuclear tests as achievements of his successor, Kim Jong Un to pave the way for his leadership.



2 Responses to “Kim Jong Il Names Youngest Son as Next Leader of North Korea”

  1. Augustsun on June 2nd, 2009 9:50 am

    Why don’t Japan and South Korea just go and develope nuclear weapons themselves ? They got money and the technology so what’s holding them? They are both democracy so are not going to threaten the world peace. If the US, UK, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and now North Korea all have them, what would be so wrong if these two peace-loving East Asian economic powers, should also want to join the club, in the name of self-defence ? At least they got a perfect excuse. What’s others?

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