Report: N.Korea military backs Kim succession plan

SEOUL, Sept 27, 2010 (AFP) - North Korea's military has nominated the youngest son of leader Kim Jong-Il as a delegate to a historic ruling party meeting this week, a newspaper reported Monday.

The party conference scheduled to start Tuesday is widely expected to set the stage for an eventual power transfer from the 68-year-old to his youngest son, Jong-Un.

South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo carries an alleged image of Jong-Un on June 16, 2009. AFP

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, quoting a North Korean source, said the army on August 25 had elected both father and son as delegates.

Only the leader's election has been made public, "but many senior officers are aware of Kim Jong-Un's election as well," it quoted the source as saying.

Seoul's National Intelligence Service said it could not confirm the report.

The conference will be the first major Workers' Party gathering since 1980, when Kim Jong-Il was publicly confirmed as eventual successor to his own father, the North's founding president Kim Il-Sung, who died in 1994.

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