Monday, June 1, 2009

Son(of a)gun, Kim Jong Un the Successor

No mention of this yet in the DPRK news service, but as The Korea Times reports:

Spy Agency Confirms NK Leader's 3rd Son as Successor

Meanwhile, things are heating up after last week's successful underground nuclear test.

On the same day as the nuclear test, Kim Jong Il sent a message of condolence to the widow of the former S. Korean President Roh Moo Hyun:

On hearing the news that former President Roh Moo Hyun died in an accident, I express profound condolences to widow Kwon Ryang Suk and his bereaved family.

His sincerity is likely genuine, since Hyun's "peace and prosperity policy" (a continuation of Kim Dae Jung's "sunshine policy") stoked hopes of eventual Korean reunification, only to be quashed with the failure of his presidency...

The oddity of the message, however, is in the term "accident"... Hyun's death was no accident, but an apparent suicide.

But from issuing these heartfelt condolences, the "Dear Leader" now prepares to lob a few more missiles...

S. Korea's Yonhap news service reports:

N. Korea preparing to test medium-range missile on east coast

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