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antiestablishmentarian
27-09-2010, 07:29 PM
According to the Irish Times, Kim Jong-Un, youngest son and favourite to succeed his father, Jong-Il, in position of the North Korean leadership, has been promoted to the rank of a general. In another move seen to signal Army backing for Jong-Un's succession, the KPA (Korean People's Army, Inmin Gun) nominated Jong-Un as a delegate to the meeting of the WPK tomorrow.
It seems that Kim Jong-Il's move to set up his son for succession has succeeded thus far: the promotion of his sister to a general too seems to show Kim buying family loyalty to his preferred successor, and making such a succession more likely. It will be interesting to see what impact this has on the region, which is still in a very tense situation after the Cheonan incident, and whether any other important decisions will be taken by the WPK at tomorrows meeting.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0927/breaking48.html

antiestablishmentarian
29-09-2010, 12:09 PM
The promotion of Kim Jong-Un has been confirmed by the State news channel, KCNA, which strangely hasn't notified the population of jong-Un's identity as son of the ruler. It also seems that Jong-Un has been promoted higher and faster than was previously thought likely, to Vice-Chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission: his promotion to the National Defence Commission, the chief executive body of the North Korean State now seems only a matter of time.

http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm

antiestablishmentarian
30-09-2010, 03:35 PM
It's clear that the succession process has begun in earnest: Jong-un has just been photographed by KCNA for the first time alongside his father, in the centre of the top-brass, at the commemorative photo taken to celebrate the conclusion of the WPK conference. He hasn't been acknowledged yet as being of the Kim family, yet that is only a matter of time now. One worrying factor that should be remembered is the need to create a military myth around Jong-un, for propagandistic reasons and to shore up a support base in the military. Such myths are necessary to cement the remaining military support base of the Kim family, and need to be founded on something tangible, so the possibility of some further belligerent move such as a new missile test or the unveiling of some new weapon is quite likely in the coming future.

http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-KG100_0930nk_G_20100930015744.jpg

Here's a picture of Jong-un, the new 'Morning Star' general, he's seated on left with his father on the right, and one of the generals, who's anonymous, in between.

Apjp
30-09-2010, 03:48 PM
Here anti, your party is obviously one of the most vocal on foreign affairs. Just out of interest how many seats are you running for 2012 do you know? I mean if the PDS can make it to the tanaiste, foreign affairs and trade, enterprise and employment offices, surely your party has similar aspirations-to start with at least. Ultimately if you ran enough seats, I could see the SP being crucial in getting a majority with SF and Labour. Otherwise its IMF baby, or FG and FF for five years.

Mick Tully
30-09-2010, 04:34 PM
The promotion of Kim Jong-Un has been confirmed by the State news channel, KCNA, which strangely hasn't notified the population of jong-Un's identity as son of the ruler. It also seems that Jong-Un has been promoted higher and faster than was previously thought likely, to Vice-Chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission: his promotion to the National Defence Commission, the chief executive body of the North Korean State now seems only a matter of time.

http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm

Is Gilmore invited. ?:rolleyes:

C. Flower
30-09-2010, 10:57 PM
It's clear that the succession process has begun in earnest: Jong-un has just been photographed by KCNA for the first time alongside his father, in the centre of the top-brass, at the commemorative photo taken to celebrate the conclusion of the WPK conference. He hasn't been acknowledged yet as being of the Kim family, yet that is only a matter of time now. One worrying factor that should be remembered is the need to create a military myth around Jong-un, for propagandistic reasons and to shore up a support base in the military. Such myths are necessary to cement the remaining military support base of the Kim family, and need to be founded on something tangible, so the possibility of some further belligerent move such as a new missile test or the unveiling of some new weapon is quite likely in the coming future.

http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-KG100_0930nk_G_20100930015744.jpg

Here's a picture of Jong-un, the new 'Morning Star' general, he's seated on left with his father on the right, and one of the generals, who's anonymous, in between.

The uncle ?

antiestablishmentarian
01-10-2010, 12:24 AM
The uncle ?

No the uncle is a civilian, Jang Song Taek: here's a picture of him

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/upload/news/090713_p2_jang.jpg

Of course that picture could be misattributed and be of someone else, as the identities of the real movers in the North Korean leadership are kept out of the spotlight: no-one can be allowed to upstage the Great Leader (despite the fact he's been dead 16 years...) or the Dear Leader either.

antiestablishmentarian
06-10-2010, 03:01 PM
It seems that Jong-Un has taken a more visible position: he was snapped watching military exercises with his father and aunt yesterday, and an official communiqué from the Korean Central News Agency noted his presence there, though they haven't yet disclosed his identity.

http://kns-photo.com/photos/pic_tNAkBv671286356221.jpg

http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm

Mick Tully
06-10-2010, 03:10 PM
This time Gilmore and associates wont be getting their photo taken over there, with their funny money.

antiestablishmentarian
06-10-2010, 03:39 PM
This time Gilmore and associates wont be getting their photo taken over there, with their funny money.

Anything to say about the thread topic or not? If you want to discuss WPI links to North Korea and the Seán Garland case, open another thread on it.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
06-10-2010, 03:50 PM
Maybe we should have Mary Coughlan's recommendation of the system of political dynasties and nepotism around about here ...?

Mick Tully
06-10-2010, 04:03 PM
Anything to say about the thread topic or not? If you want to discuss WPI links to North Korea and the Seán Garland case, open another thread on it.

Must have hit on a sour "note"

antiestablishmentarian
06-10-2010, 08:48 PM
Must have hit on a sour "note"

:D:D

antiestablishmentarian
26-10-2010, 12:30 PM
There have been some significant developments in the succession drama. Jong-Un has been brought more to the fore, taking part in high level talks alongside his father with a Chinese military delegation visiting the North at the moment, and he's also been taking a more active part in the customary field inspections which take up a large part of his fathers itinerary
http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm

antiestablishmentarian
26-12-2011, 08:47 AM
Looking at a few reports on how Kim Jong-Un has gone about solidifying his position, I must say I'm impressed (if that's the right word to use in this context) at how quickly he's gone about securing loyalty to himself and how he and his allies have taken control of the state and military appartus so quickly. An article published today in Rodong Sinmun extolled him as 'Supreme comander [of the army]' indicating that not only is he well on the way to taking this important position for himself, but that he's also got a tight control over the ruling Worker's Party, which has an iron grip on the media inside North Korea.

http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01700&num=8595