Skip to comments.Kim Jong-il's Eldest Son 'Leaves N.Korea' (back to Beijing)
Posted on 09/16/2008 7:59:41 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Kim Jong-il's Eldest Son 'Leaves N.Korea'
Kim Jong-nam (37), the eldest son of North Koreas apparently ailing leader Kim Jong-il, reportedly left Pyongyang and arrived in Beijing last weekend, it emerged on Tuesday.
A South Korean government source said Kim Jong-nam was in Pyongyang to attend celebrations of the countrys 60th anniversary on Sept. 9, and he flew to Beijing by Air Koryo with others, probably last weekend.
There is speculation that Kim Jong-il must be on the mend if Jong-nam, a potential candidate to take power in case his father is incapacitated, has left Pyongyang. But a South Korean official familiar with North Korean affairs said, "It's possible that Kim Jong-nam may have left Pyongyang for a while for personal reasons. There is no reason directly to link his travel to Beijing with Kim Jong-il's health."
Just going for Chinese take out. ;-)
I think the son is a very smart man to get out of NK... his dad is a paranoid wacko...
He just needs a good egg roll and some butt kicking pirated CDs with wock-n-woll.
If his father was not gravely ill, the son would not be allowed out of the country positive news. ;-)
With Kim Jong-il, there is no number two.
With Kim Jong-il, there is no number two.
I thought it was his youngest son? I’m confused
Only #1 when the little fat basta$d (dear leader) is dead. ;-)
"There have been press accounts saying that regular North Korean military forces did not participate in the [60th anniversary] parade. If thats true, it could be an indication, if theres uncertainty within the leadership, of not wanting to have excess military troops inside the capital."
Just proves - CHina pulls the strings in the hell-hole that is N. Korea.
China likes having a pliant buffer state on its border.
And if #1 son is next in line, next in line without any resistance, I dont think he would be off gallivanting in China just now. I believe that there is a shakeup happening before our very eyes in NK.
OH OH did Kim have arguement with his son or his girlfriend did I mean Kim Jong 11 girlfriend
I think family feud brewin Tiger
Still, there are lot going on behind the scene. The course of future E. Asian geopolitical landscape may be being decided now.
" His sons have not been groomed or designated to be the heir, which suggests that it would be very difficult for them to easily step into the role of the supreme leader. More likely, they would be a figurehead for much more powerful figures behind the scenes.
Kim Jong-nam has, by all reports, not been in North Korea very often over the last several years since he was kicked out of Japan. As the first son, he would be the one wed expect to be the heir apparent. But its very difficult to build a patronage system and maintain alliances within the regime if youre outside of it.
The other two sons, Kim Jong-chol and Kim Jong-un, are both in their 20s. Kim Jong Il started being groomed as successor in 1963 when he started to accompany his father on military guidance inspection tours. He became the heir apparent in the early 1980s and replaced Kim Il Sung in 1994 upon his fathers death. So, that was a 30-year period of preparing to become the successor, and none of the sons has had that sort of experience. "
It was many years before the starvation of the populace of NK became general knowledge. With a super secret society such as NK, who knows what is happening there.
As do many potentates
he never believed he would die, or become incapacitated. Therefore, no need to groom a successor.
"A succession crisis could also lead to warlordism within North Korea as provincial leaders seek to carve out areas of control, and they may have access to weapons of mass destruction. This could possibly lead to a civil war within the regime that could be very destabilizing. If this regime implodes and collapses, having some sort of soft landing, where you would have an eventual reunification, could get really complicated." Reading the Tea Leaves in Pyongyang
I think family feud brewin Tiger<<<
I think you might be correct.
Or is he safely out of the country, in case trouble develops, maybe from the starving people?
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