North Korea Kim Jong-un will share power with his Uncle Jang Song-thaek as suspected. Reuters is reporting that a source has stated that the Missile tests on the day of death announcement of Kim Jong-il was a Warning. the DPRK wants the United States to pull Nuclear weapons out of South Korea.
The South Korean Military is on Higher Alert Status
North Korea’s new young leader will have to share power with an uncle and the military after the death of his father Kim Jong-il as the isolated country shifts to collective rule from strongman dictatorship, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said.
The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after world War Two.
The source also said Beijing was only notified of Kim’s death earlier on Monday, the same day that North Korean state television broadcast the news. Kim died on Saturday.
via Exclusive: N.Korea military backs Kim heir but will share power | Reuters.
North Korea wants U.S. to pull purported nuclear weapons out of South Korea – Source
Uncle Jang Song-thaek alleged mentor and rival of Kim Jong-un for power in N.Korea
In the wake of Kim Jong-il’s death, the attention is focusing on North Korean National Defense Commission deputy chairman Jang Song-thaek
Jang is Workers’ Party of Korea Central Military Commission vice chairman Kim Jong-un’s uncle. Kim Jong-un was named Kim Jong-il’s designated successor as ruler of North Korea. Jang is also understood to have effectively directed the building of the succession framework for Kim Jong-un and the transmission of power under the authorization of Kim Jong-il since the late leader was struck by a cerebrovascular ailment in August 2008. Analysts said he is arguably the strongest support in the regime for the younger Kim, who suffers from a weak power base with less than three years of grooming for the North Korean leadership.
The major attention focusing on Jang from the outside also reflects harsh aspects of power. Already, observers are asking whether he will remain a mere sponsor for the new Kim Jong-un regime. Some are drawing parallels with Korean history, questioning whether Jang might not follow the path of the Joseon monarch Sejo, who as Grand Prince ousted his own nephew, the teenaged King Danjong.