A tight group of influential regime loyalists and military officers will share power with Kim Jong-un, the son and heir to the political dynasty of his deceased father, dictator Kim Jong-il, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The news agency writes that a source with “close ties” to North Korea and China said the younger Kim will share power with a group of high-powered advisors in Pyongyang. It would be the first time since the country was founded in 1948 that North Korea is ruled by more than one person. The anonymous source, who Reuters reported had correctly predicted the country’s first nuclear test in 2006, also said that any military coup is “highly unlikely.” Everyone with an interest in power is relying on the survival of the regime, and the military has pledged allegiance to the younger Kim, believed to be in his late 20s.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011