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N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say
WaPo ^ | 06/27/10 | Chico Harlan and John Pomfret

Posted on 06/27/2010 9:09:25 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say

By Chico Harlan and John Pomfret

Sunday, June 27, 2010; A09

TOKYO -- North Korea announced Saturday that it would hold a rare meeting that analysts predicted would herald the rise of Kim Jong Un, a son of ruler Kim Jong Il, as the new leader of the isolated Stalinist dictatorship.

Official state news media reported that delegates from the ruling Korean Workers' Party would meet in September to select a new party leadership. Analysts said the gathering had all the hallmarks of a similar meeting in 1980 when Kim Jong Il was elevated to the Politburo to replace his father, Kim Il Sung.

The planned handoff of power, a topic of speculation since Kim Jong Il, 68, suffered an apparent stroke in August 2008, comes as nuclear-armed North Korea must deal with a crumbling economy, famine and the international response to its recent deadly sinking of a South Korean warship.

Tensions have skyrocketed in the region since a North Korean mini-submarine fired a torpedo into the Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 sailors.

In view of those tensions, President Obama announced Saturday that he was moving to bolster the United States' already-close alliance with Seoul by taking the politically risky step of asking Congress to pass a free-trade agreement with South Korea. Obama also said he was delaying the transfer of command of the allied military from U.S. forces to South Korean forces from 2012 to 2015 "because this alliance is the lynchpin of not only security for the Republic of Korea and the United States but also for the Pacific as a whole."

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: geopolitics; kimjongeun; kimjongil; nkorea; succession

1 posted on 06/27/2010 9:09:30 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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P!


2 posted on 06/27/2010 9:10:12 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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Of course this’ll have to wait until after the World Cup award ceremony.


3 posted on 06/27/2010 9:12:24 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: TigerLikesRooster

News: Dear Leader’s 2 oldest son had an unfortunate accident.


4 posted on 06/27/2010 9:31:31 AM PDT by C19fan
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Daddy Thug hands off power to Sonny Thug.

I think the Kim regime should kidnap a Japanese fugu chef for an exotic meal to celebrate this auspicious occasion, and hopefully the chef will be a little sloppy when preparing the fugu for his gracious ‘hosts’. ;)


5 posted on 06/27/2010 9:40:07 AM PDT by mkjessup (Thank God for GWB and those *Six Party Talks* or else the Korean peninsula would be a powder keg!!)
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To: skeeter; TigerLikesRooster
Of course this’ll have to wait until after the World Cup award ceremony.

But not for all:

At least four North Korean footballers part of the World Cup team are facing a frighteningly uncertain future following their dismal performance during the tournament.

According to reports, the players may face a tough spell in the army, while coach Kim Jong-Hung could be kicked out of his job.

http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/report_north-korean-world-cup-team-home-to-uncertain-future_1402044

6 posted on 06/27/2010 9:44:29 AM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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Yeah I think sooner later we going have reset of Kill Bill Vol 1 ending


7 posted on 06/27/2010 9:52:28 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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HEY TIGER even Monday UK Daily mail pick up the story about Chia Pet

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1289782/North-Korea-elect-new-party-leaders-amid-speculation-supreme-leader-Kim-Jong-Il-hand-power-son.html


8 posted on 06/27/2010 6:13:21 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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Bump.


9 posted on 06/30/2010 3:34:53 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( garden/survival/cooking/storage- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2299939/posts?page=5555)
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