• Kyodo


The government in partnership with the United States and South Korea will closely monitor the situation surrounding new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s consolidation of power after he was named Wednesday “first secretary” of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, officials said.

A senior Foreign Ministry official said Kim’s appointment as first secretary represents the 29-year-old’s “intention to strengthen his power base.” The official predicted that it will gradually become clear how the successor of Kim Jong Il, who died in December, will manage North Korea’s relations with Japan.

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