While media projected Kim Jong Un’s sister and closest confidant, Kim Yo Jong, might be the successor North Korea’s dictator, a new face was emerged on Monday as a possible competitor for the post. And this is the dictator’s uncle 65-year-old Kim Pyong Il.
The is the last known survivor of the Hermit Kingdom’s founder, Kim Il Sung, whose 108th birthday commemoration his grandson missed on April 15, sparking widespread rumors about his fate, Bloomberg News reported.
In the 1970s, Kim Pyong Il was passed over by his half-brother, Kim Jong II, who took reins of the rogue regime in 1994 and ruled until 2011.
Kim Pyong Il returned to his country after spending some 40 years as a diplomat in Hungary, Bulgaria, Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Some North Korea watchers now think he might catapult over Kim Yo Jong to take over control, mainly due to his gender in the male-dominated society, according to the news outlet.