Like father, like son? Or will North Korea’s new Kim represent a break from the past?
Will he wield real power, or will Kim Jong-un be just a figurehead? If so, who will be in charge?
Kim Jong-il had been groomed for decades to take over from his father.
His son has only had two years. He has little experience; his views are not known.
Yet he looks set to take the helm of one of the world’s potentially most dangerous flashpoints.
North Korea’s nuclear capacity is sending renewed shudders throughout the region, and beyond as far as the White House.
At times Pyongyang was fairly trigger-happy under Kim Jong-il. Whose finger will be on the button now?
Tension along the South Korean border is unlikely to ease, while Seoul – and other world capitals – can only watch and wait nervously for what happens next.
North Korea’s uncertain future