News

 

DATE=  10/8/97

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-220978

TITLE=N. KOREA / KIM ANNOUNCEMENT (L-ONLY)

BYLINE=JENNIFER VEALE

DATELINE=SEOUL

CONTENT=

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 INTRO - NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG IL HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY 

NAMED THE HEAD OF HIS NATION'S COMMUNIST PARTY -- A POST HELD BY 

HIS LATE FATHER, KIM IL SUNG, FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS. JENNIFER VEALE

REPORTS FROM SEOUL THAT HIS ELEVATION TO THE POSITION COMES JUST 

AFTER THE END OF THE THREE YEAR MOURNING PERIOD FOR HIS FATHER.



TEXT:  AFTER MONTHS OF SPECULATION, NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG 

IL WAS FINALLY APPOINTED WEDNESDAY TO THE POST OF WORKERS PARTY 

GENERAL SECRETARY. NORTH KOREAN MEDIA REPORT HE WILL NOW BE 

REFERRED TO AS "GREAT LEADER" -- THE TITLE HIS FATHER HELD --  

RATHER THAN HIS OLD TITLE, "DEAR LEADER."



THE LONG-AWAITED MOVE WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE OFFICIAL MEDIA AND 

PAVES THE WAY FOR MR. KIM TO TAKE ABSOLUTE POWER, BY ASSUMING THE

STATE PRESIDENCY LATER THIS YEAR.



MANY OBSERVERS LONG ASSUMED MR. KIM WOULD BE ELEVATED TO PARTY 

CHIEF, AS HE ALREADY WIELDED CONSIDERABLE POWER AS HEAD OF THE 

ARMED FORCES.  HIS NEW JOB INDICATES THAT ANY OPPOSITION TO HIS 

RULE HAS BEEN SWEPT ASIDE OR HAS LITTLE SUPPORT.



NORTH KOREA'S OFFICIAL CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY CONFIRMED MR. KIM'S 

ASCENSION, SAYING THE LEADER ENJOYED THE FULL SUPPORT AND TRUST 

OF HIS PEOPLE.



THE AGENCY HAS REPORTING IN RECENT WEEKS THAT FRUIT AND FLOWERS 

HAVE BEEN BLOOMING OUT-OF-SEASON TO WELCOME MR. KIM'S ELEVATION. 

MR. KIM, IT IS BELIEVED WAITED MORE THAN THREE YEARS OUT OF 

RESPECT FOR HIS DEAD FATHER, KIM IL SUNG, BEFORE TAKING OVER THE 

PARTY.



HE IS EXPECTED TO USE THE NEW JOB TO TRY TO INSTITUTE REFORMS 

DESIGNED TO RESCUE HIS NATION'S STRUGGLING ECONOMY. NORTH KOREA'S

CROPS HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY THREE YEARS OF FLOODING AND 

DROUGHT.  (SIGNED)



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08-Oct-97 7:29 AM EDT (1129 UTC)

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Source: Voice of America

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