"He's a Kim, and he's surrounded by an uncle and Kim Jong Il's sister and others ... we would expect more of the same."
- Admiral ROBERT WILLARDhead of the U.S. Pacific Command, on the likelihood of major change coming from North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un
"Kim Jong Un's promotion is the starting point for his formal succession to power."
- KIM YONG-HYUN,a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University, on the move by ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to promote his youngest son to the rank of general in the Korean People's Army
"The dynastic transition is becoming public."
- ANDREI LANKOV,a North Korea expert at Kookmin University in Seoul, on the expected succession of Kim Jong Un, the Dear Leader's youngest son; North Korean state media published the young Kim's first official images on Thursday
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