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PostSubject: Kim's son gets party job   Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:06 pm

Oct 7, 2009
Kim's son gets party job
By Lee Jun Bok, For The Straits Times

SEOUL - THE youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has been given a post in the communist party that is a stepping stone to him becoming the country's next leader.

Mr Kim Jong Eun has been appointed to a deputy director-level position in the Workers Party of Korea, said Mr Yoon Sang Hyun, a South Korean lawmaker from the ruling Grand National Party, earlier this week.

Mr Yoon, who sits on the foreign affairs committee of the National Assembly, said that a classified government report indicates that Mr Kim Jong Eun is expected to be officially named as successor to his father some time between next year and 2012.

If the information is correct, experts said the young Mr Kim would be on a fast track to that post for the next several year, as happened with his father.

'Mr Kim Jong Il got the internal endorsement in 1974, but it took another six years for him to get the official nod, so there are still several years left,' said Mr Cheong Seong Chang, a senior fellow at the Sejong Institute, a Seoul-based think-tank. 'Whatever time is left, it will be used to attach more achievements to Jong Eun's name.'

Mr Cheong said he believed that any official designation of Mr Kim Jong Eun - the third son - as the heir-in-waiting could come when he turns 30 in 2013.

Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Straits Times.
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