Chinese Official - North Korean Succession Plan Endorsed

Kim Jong-Il: North Korea's Dear Leader
Senior Chinese Official Hails North Korean Succession Plan
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - VOA

North Korea's state media say a senior Chinese official has publicly endorsed plans for leader Kim Jong Il to be succeeded by his youngest son, Kim Jong Un.

The KCNA news agency report Tuesday was unusually open in referring to the succession plan, which has been widely assumed since the younger Kim was named a four-star general and appointed to major ruling party posts in September.

KCNA said Meng Jianzhu, China's public security minister, “warmly congratulated” Kim Jong Il ahead of his 69th birthday Wednesday and that he presented gifts to both the father and son.

It quoted Meng as congratulating Kim Jong Un on his recent appointments and “hailing the successful solution of the issue of succession to the Korean revolution.”

China provides more than 80 percent of North Korea's food and oil and has helped to protect it from international criticism over acts such as its artillery attack on a South Korean island in November.

Senior Chinese Official Hails North Korean Succession Plan
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