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    Kim Jong-un Takes Over North Korea

    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, North Korea leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.  South Korea's Yonhap News Agency is reporting that the son and heir apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is visiting China.   The report says Kim Jong Un arrived in the city of Tumen in northeast China on Friday, May 20, 2011.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

    Vincent Yu / AP Photo

    Meet the man with his finger now on North Korea’s nuclear trigger: Kim Jong-un, the third son of Kim Jong-il. (The first two sons were “too unpredictable or estranged” to take over, according to The New York Times.) Little is known about Kim, not even his age, though he is believed to be in his 20s. Kim was educated briefly in Switzerland, and his father began grooming him for leadership last year. According to the Times, some intelligence officials believe he planned two attacks on South Korea in 2010—a way of proving himself as a military leader. Korean state television is now calling him "the great successor” and called on the Korean people to “faithfully revere respectable comrade Kim Jong-un.” It is possible, however, that Kim will simply act as figurehead for the party; the two days between Kim Jong-il’s death and its announcement suggest leadership struggles behind the scenes.

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