Kim Jong-il 'opposed succession'
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Saturday 29 January 2011
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's eldest son has claimed in an interview published yesterday in Japan that his father opposed continuing the family dynasty into a third generation, but ended up naming his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as heir for the sake of national stability.
Hereditary succession "does not fit with socialism, and my father was against it as well," Kim Jong-nam said in an interview with the Tokyo Shimbun. "My understanding is that [succession] was to stabilise the internal system. An unstable North Korea leads to instability in the region."
Kim Jong-nam is believed to have fallen out of favour after embarrassing the North Korean government in 2001 when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a fake passport, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland. He was detained for several days and then deported.
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