Japan Noncommittal About N.Korean Succession

      September 30, 2010 10:12

      Senior Japanese government officials on Wednesday declined to draw definite conclusions from the appointment of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un as vice chairman of the Workers Party's Central Military Commission, saying it is too soon to say for certain whether that establishes Kim Jong-un as the successor to the country's leadership.

      "We'll have to further confirm and analyze what's really going on in the North," Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told reporters.

      Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku separately said, "It's too early to conclude that [Kim junior] was established as the successor."

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