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first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News By Daily NK – 2007.02.06 5:40pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News [imText1]While reports claim that Kim Jong Il’s first son, Kim Jong Nam (36) is cruising a lifestyle in Macau, U.S. experts analyze the possibility of Kim Jong Nam as Kim Jong Il’s heir as downgraded. Ken Gause, the Director of the Foreign Leadership Studies Program for the Center for Strategic Studies, CNA Corporation said at an interview with Radio Free Asia on the 2nd, that though rumors may suggest Kim Jong Il’s preference of Kim Jong Cheol and Kim Jong Woon over Kim Jong Nam as an heir, no one could claim that Kim Jong Nam had been withdrawn as a possible candidate. Director Gause used the reasoning that this was a “characteristic of the Kim Jong Il regime” and explained that though it was a renown fact that Kim Jong Nam did not have the ability to take on the role of improving North Korea’s politics as the North Korean regime was so unclear, he claimed that it was difficult to explicitly announce Kim Jong Nam as removed from the list.Further, he stressed that there were so many speculative rumors in North Korea and indicated the fact that we should not jump at conclusion about the successor of Kim Jong Il. In relation to this, he stated the claims about Kim Jong Nam driven out of Japan while attempting to illegally enter the country; the statements made suggesting that he is living a life traveling around the world; or that he is continuously contacting Kim Jong Il; the rumors that he was caught conversing with his aunt Kim Kyung Hee while in a third world country; and other rumors implying that he was inciting a coup against Jang Sung Taek in China to gain control of the North Korean regime, were all simply rumors. Director Gause added that even if one of Kim Jong Nam’s brothers was placed in the limelight as the next heir there was no guarantee that he would be embraced under the protection of their father Kim Jong Il to fall smoothly into the role of leader. On a different note, following a Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported on Jan 30th, another Japanese broadcast TBS confirmed on the 2nd that a figure resembling Kim Jong Nam was seen in the city of Macau and claimed as fact that he was residing in the country.Shortly before an anonymous source informed a Hong Kong based newspaper South China Morning Post that Kim Jong Nam had stayed at a 5 star hotel in Macau and that his family was residing at a large villa nearby. Newscenter_img Kim Jong Nam As Successor Doubtful Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitterlast_img read more