North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Opposed Succession, Claims Son

SEOUL, South Korea — The outcast oldest son once poised to inherit power in North Korea now says his father Kim Jong Il opposed continuing the family dynasty into a third generation but ended up naming his youngest son as heir to ensur…

SEOUL, South Korea — The outcast oldest son once poised to inherit power in North Korea now says his father Kim Jong Il opposed continuing the family dynasty into a third generation but ended up naming his youngest son as heir to ensure stability.

The comments by Kim Jong Nam, a casino-loving playboy who’s thought to have ruined his chances at succession by trying to sneak into Japan 10 years ago to visit a Disney resort, came in an interview published Friday. Jong Nam spends much of his time in mainland China or Macau, the center of Asian gambling, and occasionally speaks to reporters about events inside his homeland.

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