NKIDP Coordinator James Person Featured in Radio Free Asia Article on DPRK Leadership Succession

Jul 15, 2009

In a 15 July 2009 Radio Free Asia article entitled Who Will Succeed Kim, NKIDP Coordinator James Person sheds doubt on the succession of Kim Jong Il's third son, Kim Jong Un.

Quoted in the article, Person posits that "Kim Jong Un's pedigree is going to be his greatest challenge, because his mother, Ko Young Hee, was a Japanese-born Korean who was never officially married to Kim Jong Il."

Visit the Radio Free Asia website to read the article in full.

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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant