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New North Korean leader to share power, source claims

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North Korea’s new young leader has the backing of the military but will have to share power, a source has told the Reuters news agency.

Untested Kim Jong-un yesterday made his first official appearance, after the death of his father Kim Jong-il at the weekend.

The North will now apparently be ruled by collective leadership, including Kim Jong-un, his uncle and the military.

On Monday, North Korea reportedly test-fired a missile to warn the United States not to make any moves against it.

But, according to the source, it is unlikely to conduct a nuclear test in the near future unless provoked.

There has been a public outpouring of grief since the death of Kim Jong-il.

The international community is closely watching the transition to new rule, in a country that has repeatedly fanned fears of nuclear conflict across north Asia.