Does the North Korean leader have an heir apparent for his successor? I think he was hidden even during his studies in Switzerland. Is there any heir apparent?
Under dynastic considerations, either the eldest child or the eldest son of Kim Jong-Un would qualify. There seems to be at least one child, possibly a daughter, according to a BBC report.
Since they are under-age, Kim Yo-Jong might lead a caretaker government until they are old enough.
But that applies dynastic logic to what is not, formally, a monarchy. By persistent reports, the OGD is a central conduit of power from Kim to the WPK and the DPRK. Or one of the Vice Chairmen of the WPK might be well positioned to follow Kim. Much depends on the political dynamics of the change.
- Kim Jong-Un appears healthy. He could have several decades left to rule. By then, children and other relatives will be older.
- Do people in the DPRK believe that Juche and Kimilsungism is possible without a Kim?
- It seems that the military and government administration are firmly under party control. This might change.
Kim Jung Un himself was actually the 3rd born son.
He is still a man in his early 30s. If he lives to the average life expectancy of a modern homo sapiens in the 21st century, his heir (he is believed to have a little girl) should not expect to inherit to position until 2060.
It would seem a bit unlikely that dynastic rule can endure on in the age of AI, and whatever else that is coming down the pike..