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  1. -06-02-09 North Korean Successor Announced (USA Today)
      North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has picked his youngest son the NBA-loving product of a Swiss boarding school to succeed him as ruler of the reclusive, nuclear-armed state, South Korean media and legislators reported Tuesday."

      "Choi and others suspect that, at best, Kim Jong Woon would emerge as the front man for someone wielding backstage power. 'If he is indeed the choice a huge if it might reflect the desire of some people to have a convenient but powerless figurehead,' Lankov says. 'So somebody is going to run the show, keeping the boy in front.' "

      "The real power broker after Kim Jong Il dies might be his brother in law, Jang Song Taek, 63, Choi and other analysts say." 06-09


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