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.