North Korea leader Kim's son named general: report Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son, Jong-un, has been given the rank of general, the country's official media said on Tuesday in the first mention of the young son who is considered heir to the dynastic state.
Leader Kim, who is believed to be in deteriorating health, also named his sister, Kyong-hui, general in appointments, KCNA news agency said.
Jong-un, thought to be born in 1983 or 1984 and educated in Switzerland, is the youngest of Kim's three known sons and had never been mentioned in the secretive North's official media.
North Korea's ruling Workers' Party of Korea has called a rare meeting on Tuesday in a move analysts had expected would signal the start of the succession process of the leader's son.