October 12, 2010 11:27
The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has told Japanese TV he is against the hereditary succession in the renegade country. Kim Jong-nam (38) was recently passed over in favor of his younger brother Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-nam, who reportedly lives in Macau and Beijing, told Asahi TV in an interview shown Monday, "Personally, I'm against the three generations of hereditary succession. But I also think there were internal factors behind the decision, and if it is the case, then we should follow that."
He added he is "not interested in becoming the next leader. It was Father's decision to name Jong-un as his successor. I hope my brother does his best to make the lives of North Koreans better."
The interview took place in Beijing on Saturday. Asked if he is willing to help his brother if the request comes, Jong-nam said, "I'll be happy to offer him my help when he needs it from overseas," hinting that he intends to stay in exile.
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