North Korea steps up Kim Jong-il succession campaign
North Korea has been making posters and badges with pictures of Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of Kim Jong-il, as it builds up a personality cult around the leader’s likely successor, according to reports.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Kim Jong-Un is widely believed to be being groomed to take over at the helm of the secretive communist state from his 68-year-old father, who suffered a stroke in August 2008.
A state art studio began making large numbers of portraits and badges bearing pictures of the son in April, possibly as part of preparations for the death of Jong-Il, the Seoul-based Open Radio for North Korea reported.
Analysts said that if confirmed, this would be the first time North Korea has used up-to-date images of Kim’s third son, who is believed to be 27.
Little is known about the heir-apparent and no verified pictures of him as an adult have surfaced from the reclusive state.
“I have never heard of North Korea producing badges for Kim Jong-Un before,” Dongguk University professor Kim Yong-Hyun said.
Some analysts say the North will probably designate Kim Jong-Un as his father’s political heir when it convenes a meeting of key communist party delegates in September, which will be only the third such gathering since the communist state was founded in 1948.
It is seen as the most important party event since 1980, when a convention of all party members made public Kim Jong-il’s status as the eventual successor to his father and founding President Kim Il-sung.
Kim Jong-il took over from his father in 1994 in the communist world’s only dynastic succession.
Both are the subject of intense personality cults fostered by the regime and similar badges were issued for Kim Jong-il’s succession and for his father.Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported two weeks ago that the son is expected to be elected as a member of the ruling party’s central committee at the meeting next month.