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Jong Nam on Jong Un

Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Il’s eldest son and step-brother of hereditary successor Kim Jong Un told Japan’s Asahi TV that he has no interest in becoming the next DPRK leader.  “Personally, I am against three generations of hereditary succession.”  However Jong Nam said he would “be happy to offer him my help when he needs it from overseas.”

Kim Jong-nam, who reportedly lives in Macau and Beijing, told Asahi TV in an interview shown Monday, “Personally, I’m against the three generations of hereditary succession. But I also think there were internal factors behind the decision, and if it is the case, then we should follow that.”

He added he is “not interested in becoming the next leader. It was Father’s decision to name Jong-un as his successor. I hope my brother does his best to make the lives of North Koreans better.”

The interview took place in Beijing on Saturday. Asked if he is willing to help his brother if the request comes, Jong-nam said, “I’ll be happy to offer him my help when he needs it from overseas,” hinting that he intends to stay in exile.


This article was written on 12 Oct 2010, and is filled under DPRK External Relations, Kim Family, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, KJI Personal Secretariat, leadership succession, succession.

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