Who Would Succeed Kim Jong Un in North Korea? Look to Mount Paektu

SEOUL—For 7 many years, North Korea’s ruling Kim household preserved its grip on electricity with a easy conceit: nobody but the Supreme Leader could rule the country.

And that chief, they insisted, necessary to be a Kim, a way to retain manage within just the household and promise fealty in a country which is endured famines, economic hardship and widespread human legal rights abuse. Only individuals from the “Mount Paektu bloodline,” or individuals with a direct lineage to the country’s founder Kim Il Sung, are deemed reputable successors.