21 Dec '11, 8am

N. Korea's young leader firmly in power

SEOUL: North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un has secured a solid power base in both the ruling communist party and the military despite his youth and meagre career credentials, analysts said Wednesday. They said the North's elite has a shared interest in a stable transition to Jong-Un -- the only choice at hand -- and appears united in helping the new leadership put down roots. The world is waiting to see whether Jong-Un will be a figurehead or forceful leader as he takes over the nuclear-armed nation from his late father Kim Jong-Il. "Jong-Un has already established solid control over the military and intelligence authorities since he was anointed as successor to his father in September last year," said Paik Hak-Soon of Seoul's Sejong Institute think-tank. The son, in his late 20s, was appointed to senior military and party posts in September 2010, paving the way for a thi...

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