China Endorses Kim Jong-un

    Image #: 16337531    New North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un (front) pays his respects to his father and former leader Kim Jong-il, lying in state at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang in this still picture taken from video footage aired by KRT (Korean Central TV of the North) December 20, 2011. North Korea was in seclusion on Tuesday, a day after it announced the death of its leader Kim Jong-il, as concern mounted over what would happen next in the deeply secretive nation that is trying to build a nuclear arsenal.   REUTERS/KRT via REUTERS TV  (NORTH KOREA - Tags: OBITUARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)     REUTERS/KRT via REUTERS TV /LANDOV

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    China formally recognized Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il’s youngest son and chosen successor, as the next leader of North Korea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the Chinese government believes that North Korea will rally around the ruling Workers’ Party and the man he called “Comrade Kim Jong-un.” While Weimin said he does not know whether Jong-un will visit China, he said Beijing would welcome him. Meanwhile, South Korea showed few signs of caring about Kim Jong-il’s death, despite the lengthy mourning in the North. For South Koreans, Kim Jong-il’s death only further proved the point that the two nations now share only a peninsula and a language.

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