North Korea military parade suggests succession on course
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||9 September 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, North Korea military parade suggests succession on course, 9 September 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e8973ae23.html [accessed 18 December 2013]|
September 09, 2011
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (left) and his son Kim Jong-un
North Korea today marked the 63rd anniversary of the country's estabishment with a military parade attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as well as his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-un.
State television showed the two Kims standing atop a dais as troops, multiple rocket launchers, antiaircraft guns and other weapons passed by.
Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be in his late 20s, was last year made a four-star general and given a prominent role in the ruling party amid speculation his father was grooming him as his eventual successor.
Kim Jong-il is 69 and is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008.
The elder Kim himself succeeded his late father and founding president Kim Il-sung.
compiled from agency reports