North Korea introduced its heir apparent to the world Thursday, a chubby-faced young man with a serious expression, combed back hair cut high and tight on the sides and wearing a communist-style black suit.
Secretive North Korea finally put its heir apparent on show to the world Thursday, releasing a photograph of a chubby and serious-faced Kim Jong-un seated close to his ailing father, Kim Jong-il.
Kim Jong-il, North Korea's ailing leader, has laid the groundwork for a transition of power to his youngest son, but it remains to be seen if the reclusive, nuclear-armed regime will soften its combative stance toward the international community.
The youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was elected to his first leadership roles in the ruling Workers' Party, state media said early Wednesday, putting him well on the path to succeed his father as leader of the nuclear-armed nation.
North Korea's Kim Jong-il went public Tuesday with his plan to carry his family's communist dynasty into a third generation, setting in motion a succession program that could see a little-known, Swiss-schooled 20-something as the next leader of the nuclear-armed nation.
North Korea's ruling communist party has finally set a date for its biggest convention in decades, an apparent indication that the regime may be ready to give the aging leader's son a key position that will pave the way for his succession.
North Korea celebrated its 62nd anniversary Thursday with odes to supreme leader Kim Jong-il and pilgrimages to his late father's statue amid hints that a political meeting believed aimed at promoting his son as successor is imminent.
Huge posters plastered across Pyongyang hailed the nation's biggest political convention in 30 years as a historic event as the world watched Monday for signs that the country's next leader was making his public debut.
Huge posters plastered across the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, hailed the nation's biggest political convention in 30 years as a historic event as the world watched Monday for signs that the country's next leader was making his public debut.