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Kim's Son Anointed

THE youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has taken charge at the country's spy agency to prepare him to inherit the leadership of the nation from his father, a news report said yesterday.

Kim told senior officials of the State Security Department in March to "uphold" his 26-year-old third son, Kim Jong Un, as head of the agency, while doling out foreign-made luxury cars to the officials as gifts, Seoul's Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported.

Kim told the officials to "safeguard comrade Kim Jong Un with (your) lives as you did for me in the past," according to the mass-market daily that cited an unidentified source. The five cars given to them were worth some US$80,000 each, the paper said.


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