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KJU Allusion at Kim Il Ceremony?

JoongAng reports of another possible indication of the hereditary succession of Kim Jong-un [Chong-un/Jong-eun].  In remarks at a commemorative ceremony for the centenary birth of the late DPRK Vice President and Politburo Member Kim Il, SPA Vice President Yang Hyong-sop quoted Kim Il (who passed away in 1984) on rule by the Kims:

North Korea has once again stressed the importance of and justification for a direct-lineage family succession, government sources said here.

North Korean last Friday held a ceremony to commemorate the centennial of the birth of Kim Il, former No. 2 man in the North Korean hierarchy and independence fighter against Japan, according to a source.

The source said Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency broadcast the event. In a speech, Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, relayed Kim Il’s words that, “We are all so lucky to have Kim Jong-il as the leader and our future lies in our loyalty to future generations of the Kims.”


This article was written on 22 Mar 2010, and is filled under Kim Family, Kim Jong-un, leadership succession, succession, Supreme People's Assembly.

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