Kim Jong-Un’s Uncle Prominent

    In this Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, by the Korea News Service, Kim Jong Un, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's youngest known son and successor, visits at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, to pay respect to his father.  At far left front is Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

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    Speculation continues on how exactly Kim Jong-un will take over leadership of North Korea, but it seem likely that his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, along with his wife Kim Kyong Hui, Jong Il’s younger sister, will play a prominent role. Usually wearing business suits, Jang has been seen lately on state TV wearing military uniforms. This and other signals, such as state media hailing Kim Jong-un as the “supreme leader” of the military, lead experts to believe North Korea will maintain its military-first policy, which emphasizes military above all other government functions.

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