Committee of advisers may help Kim Jong Un

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Posted: Dec 21, 2011 7:34 AM
Committee of advisers may help Kim Jong Un

A South Korean lawmaker says intelligence officials are predicting a committee will handle key affairs until the twenty-something son of late leader Kim Jong Il formally becomes leader.

Hwang Jin-ha said Wednesday the National Intelligence Service made the assessment during a closed-door briefing. He says it believes the committee will be headed by the North Korean Workers' Party military commission.

Kim's third son and heir Kim Jong Un is a vice chairman of that commission.

Hwang says the intelligence service predicted Kim's aunt Kim Kyong Hui and her husband, Jang Song Thaek, a vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission, will play larger roles in supporting the younger Kim.

Hwang says the intelligence service didn't say how it got the information.