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Mystery surrounds son set to succeed Kim

BEIJING (AP) — North Korea’s heir apparent Kim Jong Un has swiftly risen to power since being made a four-star general a year ago, but he is even more of an enigma than his late father was during 17 years of absolute power.

Within hours of news breaking today of leader Kim Jong Il’s death over the weekend, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency was reporting that the country, people and military ‘‘must faithfully revere respectable comrade Kim Jong Un.’’

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