Kim Jong-il's death: 4 questions about 'dear successor' Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un, the third son of North Korea’s 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il, appears well on his way to succeeding his father, but he remains an 'untested quantity.' What do we know about him?

Who was his competition for the top slot?

Kim Jong-un had to move ahead of two older brothers to succeed his father.

Eldest son Kim Jong-nam, born to Kim Jong-il's first wife, embarrassed his father by attempting years ago to enter Japan on a fake Dominican passport in order to, he told Japanese authorities, take his son and wife to Tokyo Disneyland. Kim Jong-nam has been living in luxury in Macao.

The second son of the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-chol, was widely believed to be in line for the job, but was reportedly deemed too weak for the job a few years ago.

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