1 Oct 2010

First picture of next leader of Nth Korea

7:07 am on 1 October 2010

North Korea has published the first official images of Kim Jong-un - the youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his likely successor as leader of the country.

Kim Jong-il is pictured sitting on the front row in a group of senior leaders.

TV footage shows him at this week's rare meeting of the ruling Workers' Party, where he was promoted to top political and military positions.

Kim Jong-un, who is thought to be aged about 27, was named vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers Party and was appointed to its central committee.

State media said he was also given the rank of a four-star general.

Kim Jong-il, thought to be in poor health, was re-elected as leader at the party's first congress for 30 years.

An official photograph was published on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun, a state-controlled newspaper.

The BBC reports it showed 200 officials at the convention. Seated in the front row, just two seats along from his father, was Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-un is Kim Jong-il's third son and the most likely successor to the Communist dynasty started by his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, in 1948.