Heir unapparent: If North Korea faces succession, who might replace Kim?

Topics North Korea | Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in three weeks, state media reported on Saturday, after an unexplained absence fuelled questions about who would take over the nuclear-armed state in the event of his death.

Pyongyang has never announced who would lead the country were Kim to be incapacitated, and with no details known about his young children, analysts say his sister and loyalists could form a regency until a successor is ready to take over. Such speculation intensified after Kim, believed to be.....

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