Succession

Uncle Could Overshadow Kim Jong-il's Son

Kim Jong-il’s chosen successor Kim Jong-un may find himself overshadowed by his more experienced uncle, Jang Sung-taek. Jang has been a part of the Worker’s Party for 30 years and occupied important positions in the military, secret police, and running special economic zones. Whereas, Kim Jong-un was unknown until he was made a general in September 2010. One North Korea expert said, “Kim Jong-un has had only two years. It is not enough time to become crown prince.” The regime already appears to be setting up a system of collective leadership, giving the military greater power.