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Kim Jong-il's death: 4 questions about 'dear successor' Kim Jong-un

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Who was his competition for the top slot?

Kim Jong-un had to move ahead of two older brothers to succeed his father.

Eldest son Kim Jong-nam, born to Kim Jong-il's first wife, embarrassed his father by attempting years ago to enter Japan on a fake Dominican passport in order to, he told Japanese authorities, take his son and wife to Tokyo Disneyland. Kim Jong-nam has been living in luxury in Macao.

The second son of the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-chol, was widely believed to be in line for the job, but was reportedly deemed too weak for the job a few years ago.

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