N Korea making posters of leader`s son: Report
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 18:50
Seoul: North Korea has been making posters and badges with pictures of the youngest son of ailing leader Kim Jong-Il as it builds up a personality cult around the likely successor, a report said on Wednesday.

Kim Jong-Un is widely believed to be being groomed to take over at the helm of the secretive communist state from his 68-year-old father, who suffered a stroke in August 2008.

A state art studio has been making portraits and badges bearing pictures of the son, possibly as part of preparations for the death of Jong-Il, the Seoul-based Open Radio for North Korea reported.

Analysts said that if confirmed, this would be the first time North Korea has used up-to-date images of Jong-Un, who is believed to be 27.

"I have never heard of North Korea producing badges for Kim Jong-Un before," Dongguk University professor Kim Yong-Hyun told AFP.

Some analysts say the North will probably designate Jong-Un as his father's political heir when it convenes a rare meeting of key communist party delegates in September.


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 18:50

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