01 Jan '12, 5am

Eldest son of Kim Jong Il visits Pyongyang in secret to pay last respects

TOKYO (AFP) - The eldest son of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il has secretly visited Pyongyang to pay his last respects, the major Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Sunday. Kim Jong Nam's absence from a state funeral and other official events related to his father's death has fuelled speculation about a possible power struggle with his half-brother Jong Un, who has taken over North Korea's top posts. Jong Nam, 40, flew to Pyongyang from the Chinese territory of Macau, where he mainly lives, on Dec 17 after learning about his father's death that day, Yomiuri said. He left after 'a few days' and was now in Macau, the report said. Using a passport under the false identify of Kim Chol, he avoided a flight via Beijing which might have given more exposure to his return home, the daily said quoting a source connected to North Korea. Jong Un, aged in his late 20s, w...

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