Kim Jong Il`s eldest son opposes dynastic succession

The eldest son of North Korean leader said he opposes his family keeping their hold on power.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 00:29 AM IST

Tokyo: The eldest son of North Korea`s leader Kim Jong-Il says he opposes a hereditary transfer of power to a third generation of his family.

Kim Jong-Nam`s remarks come after North Korea unveiled his younger half brother, Kim Jong-Un, as successor to their father in Pyongyang.

Japan`s TV Asahi showed Kim making the remarks in footage aired on Tuesday from an interview in Beijing on Saturday.

Kim Jong-Nam was once considered likely to succeed his father. He reportedly fell out of favour after being caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport in 2001.
He said that while he was against the succession, it should still be accepted if there are internal factors for carrying it out.

Bureau Report