Kim Pyong-il, a younger brother of Kim Jong-il and uncle of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is seen in the Czech Republic in 2015. He returned to Pyongyang last year and his name is being mentioned as a possible successor. Photo: AP

Could Kim Jong-un’s uncle, who spent decades abroad, become the next North Korean leader?

  • With the health of Kim Jong-un still unclear, his uncle Kim Pyong-il is now being mentioned as a possible successor
  • Conservative male leaders in Pyongyang may resist giving power to Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong, who has been at his side in recent years
Topic |   North Korea
Kim Pyong-il, a younger brother of Kim Jong-il and uncle of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is seen in the Czech Republic in 2015. He returned to Pyongyang last year and his name is being mentioned as a possible successor. Photo: AP
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