N. Korea Prints Photos of Chubby Heir Apparent

Kim Jong Un gets a close up
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2010 6:54 AM CDT
N. Korea Prints Photos of Chubby Heir Apparent
A north Korean newspaper which used the photo Thursday identified Kim Jong Un, the third son of Kim Jong Il, as being in the photo, believed to be at left.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

North Korea introduced its chubby-faced heir apparent to the world today by way of official photos released by the country's state media. An unsmiling Kim Jong Un sports combed-back hair cut high on the sides and a communist-style black suit in the still and video images, which show the twentysomething sitting in the front row during a Workers' Party meeting.

The images confirm what has been suspected for the last two years, notes the AP—that Kim Jong Un has been anointed to succeed his father and carry the family's rule into a third generation. "From now on we'll see and hear more and more about Kim Jong Un than we will about Kim Jong Il," says one expert on the country. No official photos of the younger Kim have been published before. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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