North Korea heir apparent

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il promoted his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to rank of four-star general in the People’s Army. Also made a four-star general was the leader’s 64-year old sister, Kim Kyong-hui. Both moves set the stage for the future leadership of the country. International relations professor William Keylor gives his view on the move.

“As the 27-year old four-star general prepares to take power, he had better keep an eye on his four-star general aunt.

“This maneuvering in the palace, reminiscent of royal intrigue in 17th century England or France, would be hilarious if it did not involve a country with nuclear weapons and a delivery system.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197, wrkeylor@bu.edu

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