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Kim Jong Il's Eldest Son Claims No Interest in Taking Power


The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong il said Saturday he has no interest in leading the country and only his father can choose a successor.

Kim Jong Nam's comments came in Beijing while on a personal visit to China.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited unnamed intelligence sources earlier this month in reporting Mr. Kim had selected his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, as his eventual successor.

Chinese state media on Friday reported Mr. Kim met a visiting Chinese envoy in Pyongyang.

It was Mr. Kim's first reported encounter with a foreign dignitary since August, when U.S. and South Korean officials say he suffered a stroke. North Korea has denied the claim and released a series of undated photos to show Mr. Kim is in good health.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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