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Kim Jong-un Meets With South Koreans for First Time

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Call him the Great Successor, Outstanding Leader, or Supreme Commander, but it seems Kim Jong-un is on his way establishing himself as North Korea’s head of state.

The son of the late Kim Jong-il met with foreign leaders for the first time this weekend, welcoming two delegations from neighbor and rival South Korea, according to state-run North Korean media. The visiting dignitaries included the chairwoman of Hyundai and the widow of former South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung. Al Jazeera English has video, embedded below.

“I hope that our visit to the North will help improve South-North relations," said Kim Dae-Jung’s widow, Lee Hee-Ho, before crossing the border, according to CNN. Indeed, the visit appeared to be cordial, the New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un has been named head of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, a move the Times called “another step in what appeared to be a choreographed sequence of events meant to show that he was assuming all the key positions held by his father.”


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