Friday, October 08, 2010
North Korea confirms Kim Jong-il's son will take over as leader | World news | The Guardian
Senior official says nation will be honoured to serve 'young general' Kim Jong-un in handover to third generation of communist dynasty
Kim Jong-il's heir apparent Kim Jong-un (front) with other Workers' party officials at Kumsusan Palace in Pyongyang. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/EPA
A senior North Korean official confirmed today that Kim Jong-il's youngest son will succeed him as the next leader of the reclusive communist nation.
In the first public confirmation of the succession plan, Yang Hyong-sop referred to Kim Jong-un as "the young general" during an interview with Associated Press Television News. Yang said the nation's people were honoured to serve him as their leader.
He would be the third successive generation of his family to lead of the nation of 24 million people founded by his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, in 1948 on a policy of self-reliance called "juche. " Kim Il-sung built a cult of personality around himself and his son, Kim Jong-il.
"Our people take pride in the fact that they are blessed with great leaders from generation to generation," Yang said.
"Our people are honoured to serve the great President Kim Il-sung and the great leader Kim Jong-il," he added. "Now we also have the honour of serving young general Kim Jong-un."