Kim succession raises fears
Power struggle may take place in North Korea
The abrupt death of Kim Jong Il, the hermetic North Korea leader, threw the rest of Asia into deep anxiety Monday and reverberated across the Pacific, as friends and enemies of the nuclear-armed country fretted over whether it was now facing an unpredictable power struggle. The official North Korean press proclaimed that Kim’s cherubic-faced youngest son was his successor. But the son, Kim Jong Un, is such an unknown that the world did not even know what he looked like until last year.