The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has said he opposed the power transfer to the 3rd generation, referring to the formal appointment of the third son Jong-un as heir to the leader.
Kim Jong-nam, 39, revealed his position on power succession in an interview with Japanese civilian TV network, Asahi, conducted on Oct. 9 in Beijing and aired on Monday in Japan.
“I personally oppose the power transfer to the third generation,” said Kim Jong-nam. “However, North Korea might have its own internal factors which forced it to pass power to a third generation. I believe that they had to follow the internal factors.”
He also added, “Kim Jong-un has become the heir apparent under the determination of his father. I hope that my younger brother Jong-un would do his best so that North Koreans could live a comfortable life.”
When asked by Jong-un to help him, Jung-nam said, “I’m always ready to support my brother overseas whenever he requests.”
However, he refused to talk about the health of North Korean leader Kim, saying, “It’s difficult to say.”
Kim Jong-nam referred to his home country as Bukhan, which is the way South Korea refers to North Korea, rather than Joseon which is how the North calls itself.
The brothers have different mothers.