North Korea: Who could become leader if Kim Jong-un is dead?

If Kim Jong Un is dead, who could replace him as North Korea's leader?

If Kim Jong Un is dead, who could replace him as North Korea’s leader? Credit: AP

When Kim Jong Il died in 2011 there was no question about who would take up the reigns of the family regime. Kim Jong Un had be groomed as a dictator from an early age. Selected among his siblings as having the ambition, capability and ruthless attitude required to continue the Kim dynasty.

There’s no such obvious successor for Kim Jong Un and whether the 36-year-old is dead, incapacitated or fit and well enjoying an April sojourn at his beachside residence, the speculation surrounding his condition has raised the intriguing question of who would take over?

His own children, of whom there are thought to be three, are still too young to take over, the eldest, a girl, is thought to be around 10 years old.

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