NKorea Calls Heir Kim Head Of Key Body
December 27, 2011 by staff
NKorea Calls Heir Kim Head Of Key Body, North Korea’s state media on Monday called Kim Jong Il’s heir the head of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, a job that gives Kim Jong Un power over one of the country’s highest decision-making bodies more than a week after his father’s death.
The reference in a commentary by the North’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper came as a former South Korean first lady and a prominent business leader traveled with two private delegations to North Korea to pay respects to Kim Jong Il, who is being mourned by millions as the North prepares for his funeral Wednesday.
North Korean soldiers, Rodong Sinmun said, are upholding a slogan urging them to dedicate their lives “to protect the party’s Central Committee headed by respected comrade Kim Jong Un.” Kim Jong Il’s youngest son is in his late 20s and was unveiled in September 2010 as his father’s choice as successor.
The slogan, which state media had frequently used when rallying support for Kim Jong Il, suggests the heir will likely be appointed as Workers’ Party general secretary, the ruling party’s top job and one of the country’s highest positions.
North Korea is in official mourning for Kim until after a memorial Thursday. But the country is also offering hints about Kim Jong Un’s rise as ruler. North Korea began hailing him as “supreme leader” of the 1.2-million strong military over the weekend.
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