North Korea’s deceased founder — the nation’s Eternal President — could play the most critical role in a power transfer that involves his untested grandson and a ruling class potentially skeptical about the young man’s abilities.
In this undated photo, a young Kim Jong Il poses for a portrait with his father, Kim Il Sung, and mother, Kim Jong Suk. Kim Il Sung died in 1994. Kim Jong Il died Dec. 17; he was said to be 69. Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service and AP Buy Photo