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North Korea's frail leader chooses a successor

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In the space of just over a week, North Korea has exploded a nuclear bomb, fired six short-range missiles and prompted the U.S. and South Korea to raise their alert levels. And on Tuesday yet another surprise emerged from North Korea  – word of a possible successor to Kim Jung-il, North Korea’s frail and reclusive leader.

South Korea’s national intelligence service reports that Kim Jung-il has chosen his third son, Kim Jong-un.

John Park, a Senior Research Associate with the United States Institute of Peace, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the significance of the announcement, Kim Jong-un’s attitude toward the West and regional tension over projected missile tests. 

South Korea’s national intelligence service reports that North Korean leader Kim Jung-il has chosen a possible successor — his third son, Kim Jong-un. John Park of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the significance of the announcement. http://worldfocus.org/files/2009/06/th_northkorea_park.jpg http://worldfocus.org/files/2009/06/th_northkorea_park.jpg

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