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South Korea's Lee expects Kim Jong-un to rule North Korea

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told a gathering of reporters that dynastic succession in North Korea for Kim Jong-un appears assured.

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South Korea President Lee Myung-bak speaks during a meeting with foreign correspondents at the presidential Blue House in Seoul October 11, 2010.

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is quite sure of one thing after watching a broadcast of the biggest parade in North Korean history.

“It seems quite clear North Korean leadership is now entering officially into the third generation of Kim rule,” he said Monday, the day after the Pyongyang parade at which North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared on the reviewing stand with son and heir Kim Jong-un beside him. South Korea’s government “will be watching very closely whatever transpires in North Korea.”

As far as Mr. Lee is concerned, the Kim dynasty, founded by Kim Jong-il’s father Kim Il-sung and dominated by him for nearly half a century before he died in 1994, will have to demonstrate goodwill toward its own people and the rest of the world before his government will rush to its aid.

“What my government is most interested in is whether North Korean leaders are serious about the nuclear issue, inter-Korean peace and its people’s human rights and happiness,” Lee told foreign correspondents at Blue House, the center of presidential power here.

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