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Who Would Succeed Kim Jong Un in North Korea? Look to Mount Paektu

SEOUL—For seven a long time, North Korea’s ruling Kim loved ones managed its grip on...

SEOUL—For seven a long time, North Korea’s ruling Kim loved ones managed its grip on electric power with a easy conceit: no person but the Supreme Chief could rule the state.

And that leader, they insisted, required to be a Kim, a way to preserve manage within the loved ones and assurance fealty in a country that is endured famines, financial hardship and prevalent human rights abuse. Only all those from the “Mount Paektu bloodline,” or all those with a immediate lineage to the country’s founder Kim Il Sung, are considered respectable successors.