Kim Jong-Un’s rush of new titles seen betraying vulnerability to challenges

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meets with military leaders.

Kim Jong-Un’s faster-than-anticipated rise to North Korea’s top leadership suggests that he is vulnerable to possible domestic challenges following the death last month of his father, Kim Jong-Il, who handpicked the son as his successor, officials and analysts in Seoul say.

The junior Kim, who is believed to be 27 or 28 years old, was formally appointed supreme commander of the 1.2-million-strong People’s Army on Dec. 30, 2011, just one day after the nation ended 13 days of mourning for his father who reportedly died of a heart attack at age 69.


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