DYNASTY

Kim Jong Il Anoints Son

After months of rumors, it's now official: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has anointed his son as the next leader of the communist dynasty by asking his country’s overseas mission to pledge loyalty to young Jong-un, says a newspaper report from the country. The 67-year-old leader reportedly had a stroke in August, and the country’s recent rash of military actions, including a nuclear test in late May, are thought to be his attempt to solidify enough power to be able to name a successor. Jong-un, who is in his early twenties and is one of three sons, was educated in Switzerland, but very little else is known about him. Jong was groomed for decades before taking over the role from his father.