- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Kim Jong Il’s casino and Disneyland-loving son Kim Jong Nam is back in the headlines after kinda, sorta opposing his family’s succession plans in an interview with the Japanese media:
Speaking in Korean, he told Japan’s TV Asahi, in an interview from Beijing aired late Monday and Tuesday, that he is "against third-generation succession," but added, "I think there were internal factors. If there were internal factors, (we) should abide by them."
"I have no regrets about it. I wasn’t interested in it and I don’t care," Kim said, when asked whether he is OK with the succession plan.
Kim said he hopes his brother will do his best to bring abundance to the lives of North Koreans and that he stands ready to help from abroad, according to a dubbed Japanese-language version of his remarks.
Kim Jong Nam was once considered the favorite to succeed his father but fell out of favor after he was caught trying to enter Japan with a fake Dominican passport bearing the name Pang Xiong, which means “Fat Bear” in Chinese.
There’s also a middle son, Kim Jong Chul, who Dear Leader reportedly simply derides as "girlish."