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Weird Thursday, September 30th 2010 at 12:36 pm

North Korea Releases First Photo of Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il’s Likely Successor

North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun has released the first official photo of Kim Jong-un (circled above), Kim Jong-Il‘s likely successor as leader of North Korea. On September 27th, Kim Jong-un was promoted to four-star general, which was notable for being the first time the state has mentioned him publicly.

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has an interesting, detailed post on Kim Jong-un and what his succession would mean for relations with North Korea. They write that he is “believed to be a carbon copy of Kim Jong-il’s personality and body shape” (Jong-un is estimated to be 5’5″ and 192 pounds) and that he is “Believed to have masterminded the March 2010 Cheonan attack and July 2009 cyber attacks on South Korea’s government and personal websites.”

(via Telegraph, circle added.)

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