Wednesday 20 September 2017

North Korea releases first official photo of Kim Jong-un

Malcolm Moore

North Korea has released the first official photo of Kim Jong-un, who is widely tipped to succeed his father as leader of the rogue state.

A photograph of a group of senior officials from the North Korean Workers' Party was published today in the Rodong Sinmun, the country's main newspaper.

Underneath, a caption listed Kim Jong-un as one of the people seated in the group.

Until now, Kim Jong-un has been such a secretive figure that the world was not even sure of his existence until he was 20 years-old. The only mention of the younger Kim came in a biography by a Japanese sushi chef who had worked for the Kim household in Pyongyang.

The only other glimpse of the 28-year-old, who was promoted this week to a variety of key positions in the North Korean hierarchy, is a grainy video shot while he was a teenager at boarding school in Switzerland.

Although Kim Jong-il, 68, remains North Korea's leader, he has promoted his third son to be vice-chairman of the Central Military Committee and to be a four-star general. The move places the younger Kim squarely in position to succeed his father.

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