N Korean leader names son as general

2010-09-27 22:44

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has appointed his youngest son as a general, the communist state's official media said on Tuesday in its first mention of the man seen as heir apparent to his father.

The announcement comes hours before the scheduled opening of the country's largest ruling party meeting for 30 years, a meeting which is widely expected to set the stage for an eventual power transfer.

The North's Korean Central News Agency, in a Korean-language report, said youngest son Kim Jong-Un was appointed general along with Kim Kyoung-Hui, the leader's sister.