21 Aug '11, 2am

@FREE_NKOREA: Son of N.Korea's Kim absent from Russia trip: KCNA - Straits Times /@INFOS_EN #NKorea

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean's heir apparent appeared to be absent from the entourage on leader Kim Jong Il's trip to Russia, according to a list announced by the North's state media during the rare visit. Korean Central News Agency confirmed on Sunday Mr Kim's 'unofficial visit to Siberia and the Far East' region at the invitation of Russian leader Dmitri Medvedev, calling it a 'historic occasion'. A large group of government and military officials were accompanying Mr Kim including defence minister Kim Yong Chun, vice-premier Kang Sok Ju and Jang Song Thaek, the leader's brother-in-law and vice-head of the powerful National Defence Commission, KCNA said. But Jong Un, the leader's youngest son and heir apparent, was not listed in the official entourage. The young protege, believed to be in his late 20s, was made a general and given senior posts in the ruling communist party...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...

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