North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Looks At Death, Plans Power Transfer

This was the news most expected.  I have been rather fascinated over the future of leadership in  North Korea, and am still wondering how the military will view the news.  As long as they are paid and fed…….?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il appointed his third son as a four-star general, North Korea’s official media reported early Tuesday, in the first time that Kim Jong Eun has been publicly named in the country and the biggest sign yet the family is attempting another father-to-son power transfer.

Kim Jong Il also appointed his sister, Kim Kyoung Hui, as a four-star general, in what is perhaps the first time a woman has held such a job in North Korea.

The elevation of Mr. Kim’s sister, who has played an active role in economic policies as head of the country’s light industries, is a sign that she may be thrust into leadership if Mr. Kim were to die before the younger son is ready to take over. Her husband, Jang Song-taek, for several years has been Mr. Kim’s closest associate and is seen in public far more than she is.

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