Kim Jong-un Not Alone Atop North Korea

N. Korea's heir apparent Kim Jong-un In this Oct. 9, 2010, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Kim Jong-un, the third son and heir apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, applauds while watching the North's mass gymnastics festival "Arirang" in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack while on a train trip on Dec. 17, 2011, state media reported Dec. 19.
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A “high-level source” with a track record of good info on North Korea tells Reuters that following the death of Kim Jong-Il over the weekend, the country will be run by collective rule, as the military lends a hand to twentysomething heir Kim Jong-un. A coup is “very unlikely” since the military has pledged allegiance to the young Kim, and he is probably not prepared enough to consolidate leadership, making for the first shared-power situation in the country since it was founded in 1948. Also chipping in with some authoritarian chores will be Kim Jong-il’s sister, Kim Kyong-hui, and her husband Jang Song-thaek. The expert predicts “the regime will remain stable, at least in the near-term,” and we predict one hell of a reality show, Keeping Up With the Kims.