Friday, October 8, 2010

Official Says North Koreans Will Follow Kim Jong Un

Via (AP) -

A top official told APTN on Friday that North Koreans will be honored to follow the youngest son of Kim Jong Il as the third-generation leader of the communist nation.

The remarks were the first official comment about the future of Kim Jong Un, who just last week made his public debut.

Yang Hyong Sop, a top official in North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, referred to the 20-something Kim as "the young general" during an exclusive interview with APTN.

"Our people take pride in the fact that they are blessed with great leaders from generation to generation," Yang said.

"Our people are honored to serve the great President Kim Il Sung and the great leader Kim Jong Il," he added. "Now we also have the honor of serving young Gen. Kim Jong Un."

The Swiss-educated Kim Jong Un had been virtually unknown before he made his public debut last week - appointed a four-star general and vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's central military commission.

The promotions backed up speculation Kim Jong Il's chubby-faced youngest son had been chosen to succeed his ailing father as eventual ruler of the impoverished authoritarian regime, which pursues active nuclear and missile programs.

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