North Korean Leader’s Son Promoted, Seen as Successor (Photo)

September 29, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
South Korean men watch a public TV screen showing what is believed to be the picture of Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, at a railway station in Seoul on Sept. 28. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean men watch a public TV screen showing what is believed to be the picture of Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, at a railway station in Seoul on Sept. 28. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

This week, Kim Jong-Un was named vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and was appointed to the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, making him second in command after his father. He was also made a four-star general the day before the new appointments. Analysts say the appointments confirm that the 27-year-old is the ailing Kim’s choice as successor.