(BBC – bbc.co.uk)
Profile: Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-il’s third son, Kim Jong-un, will become North Korea’s next leader, according to unconfirmed South Korean media reports. The BBC News website and BBC Monitoring profile this elusive young man.
The only known image of Kim Jong-un shows him as a young boy. Kim Jong-un is youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his late third wife Ko Yong-hui.
Born in 1983 or early 1984, the young Kim was initially not thought to be in the frame to take up his father’s mantle.
Analysts focused their attention on his half-brother Kim Jong-nam and older full brother Kim Jong-chol.
But speculation that he was in the frame to succeed his father picked up in January, after a report in South Korea’s Yonhap news agency suggested that Kim Jong-il had picked him as heir.
North Korea watchers also took his reported appointment to the powerful National Defence Commission as a possible signal that he was being moved into a leadership position.
The defence commission is North Korea’s most important government body, and Kim Jong-il rules the country in his capacity as the commission’s chairman.
Watch for Kim Jong-il to create a ‘defining moment’ to mark his youngest son’s anticipated ascendancy. It’s quite possible that the DPRK’s current missile and nuclear disputes with the UN Security Council and the IAEA will serve as a backdrop for showcasing the 26-year old Jong-un, whose mother used to call him her “Morning Star King”. Amateur eschatologists will be spinning some yarns about this moniker, which has been used at various times to describe Jesus, Satan or the planet Venus.
So, is it just a coincidence that Venus is presently
such a bright, shining jewel in the pre-dawn sky?