North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, 69, has died http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501712_162-57344889/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-il-69-has-died/ As for the guy that will take over a country at the young age of 27: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Young+general+seen+poised+take+over+North+Korea/5879997/story.html Well, that came out a bit out of the blue, and I can imagine the disruption and scrambling this has caused Jong-Il has planned for his son. He does have 2 older brothers and his mother's legitimacy might be in question. Well, if the reports are true, then he should be thankful that she died thus leaving him with a clean slate. His 2 older brothers were reportedly exiled as soon as they were proven not worthy of the throne. This young leader's road to succession might not be an easy one, however, since he has barely spent 2 years on the job while his dad has a lot of help from his much beloved grandfather. I can't remember exactly, but apparently either his older sister or his aunt and her husband was deemed trustworthy enough to support the young Kim in the transition. But there is now a huge problem with that plan, since if anyone ever studied Chinese history will know, sharing of power in a dictatorship usually leads to conflicts, and a power struggle in a nation with nuclear weapons will at least makes things spicy.