Kim Jong-il 'opposed succession'

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    The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's eldest son has claimed in an interview published yesterday in Japan that his father opposed continuing the family dynasty into a third generation, but ended up naming his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as heir for the sake of national stability.


    Hereditary succession "does not fit with socialism, and my father was against it as well," Kim Jong-nam said in an interview with the Tokyo Shimbun. "My understanding is that [succession] was to stabilise the internal system. An unstable North Korea leads to instability in the region."

    Kim Jong-nam is believed to have fallen out of favour after embarrassing the North Korean government in 2001 when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a fake passport, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland. He was detained for several days and then deported.
     
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    Which doesn't make sense since "succession" appears to be causing internal strife. Especially due to the “The Prophecy of Kim Hyong Jik” (who was Kim Il Sung's grandfather) which says, "'What is awakened in the father's generation, is implemented in the son's generation, and thrives in the grandson's generation'.

    This "prophecy" starting to be spoken of again by the older generation and they're saying to each other, 'Now, Chosun [Korea] is down to the great-grandson's generation, which means only disaster is left'."
     

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