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  1. Fading Kim sets the stage for power play

    Posted Jun 11th 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... appointment, he will presumably guarantee that Kim's third son, Kim Jong-un, succeeds him. But why did Kim Jong-il feel the need to push through this appointment now? He is recovering from a stroke suffered nearly two years ago and has diabetes. He is hoping to hang on until 2012, by which time he should be ready to introduce Kim Jong-un, now 27, as his rightful heir. But those ...

  2. China's diplomatic and moral dilemma over ally

    Posted Dec 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... nuclear power. In the absence of a viable alternative, Kim Jong-il, who is believed to be ailing, finally engineered his untried and relatively unknown youngest son, Kim Jong-un, into the position ...

  3. China seeks HK model for unified Korea, says Seoul

    Posted Dec 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for ways to show loyalty to the new heir. 'It is not enough for Kim Jong-il to name Kim Jong-un as heir,' he said. 'Kim Jong-un has to prove his political charisma so he can one day ... overtures. The recent rise of Kim's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as heir apparent in communism's only dynasty is driving fears that collapse could be imminent. Many South Korean officials ...

  4. Beijing in no hurry for Kim Jong-il's successor

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... This week he appointed his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, the country's most powerful institution, and to the party's central committee, thus ... succession. Given Kim Jong-un's youth and inexperience, it creates uncertainty internally and externally. Kim Jong-il seemingly gave a nod to this concern with his appointment of his sister Kim ...

  5. It's time to get tough with North Korea

    Posted Dec 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Arthur Chan

    ... was staged to help boost the standing of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il's youngest son, 'Young General' Kim Jong-un, who is set to replace his father. The timid response of South ... for its 'Great Leader', Kim Il-sung. The small fishing boat-sized ship is now a prized exhibit in the capital, Pyongyang. In the isolated country, the state portrays even small incidents ...

  6. Anointing of the next Kim in N Korea's dynasty

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... He will head East Asia's second nuclear state, able to fire missiles at South Korea, Japan and possibly the United States. With his appointment yesterday as an army general, Kim Jong-un ... into Pyongyang to attend the first congress of the Korean Workers' Party since 1980, which opened yesterday and will approve the choice of Jong-un. The 1980 event was called by then president Kim ...

  7. Kim's visit is to get blessing for succession, diplomats say

    Posted Aug 28th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... a satisfactory reply from Chinese leaders during the visit in May and is now seeking Beijing's clear-cut support for his plan to anoint Kim Jong-un before North Korea's ruling Workers' Party convenes its first leadership meeting in 44 years. Diplomats from both China and South Korea said that political succession at home topped Kim's agenda for the visit. Jong-un, who ...

  8. A transfer of power that would be disastrous

    Posted Sep 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... cult around him. He took the reins of power in 1994 when the elder Kim died. Speculation is rife that he is grooming his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to succeed him. If the talk of a succession ... The secrecy of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's regime means that we can only speculate as to the real reason for his just having spent five days in China. He met President Hu ...

  9. Luxury exile of Kim Jong-il's banished son

    Posted Sep 05th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Jong-il's health deteriorates, Jong-un is the heir-anointed, but, young and inexperienced, he may not be accepted by the veterans of the Korean Workers Party and the military, the country's two ... and introduced Kim Jong-un, at 27 the youngest of his three sons and the one he has chosen to follow him as leader of North Korea. At the other end of the country, his eldest son, Kim Jong-nam, lives ...

  10. Nervous look into Kim's twilight zone

    Posted Apr 05th 2010, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... his father, Kim Il-sung, has assumed an almost divine status at the centre of a cult. In turn, Kim Jong-il has been grooming his 27-year-old son, Kim Jong-un, to be his successor. That, ... Richard Halloran The countdown has begun on the demise of Kim Jong-il's regime in North Korea, opening up the prospect of a time of dangerous uncertainty. The commanding general of US ...




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