Any Other Notables?
im Pyong Il, his father’s half-brother — the Kim family tree is complicated by several of its members having a series of wives or consorts — was the North’s ambassador to several eastern European countries for decades.
But he was recalled to Pyongyang last year from the Czech Republic, his most recent posting, and has not been heard of since.
What About Candidates From Outside the Family?
Kim is not known to have designated a successor but officially his number two is Choe Ryong Hae, a member of the ruling party’s top decision-making body — the Presidium of the Political Bureau — and first vice-chairman of the State Affairs Council, the country’s top government body.
He is hugely powerful, and he may also be related to the Kim family by marriage: it has never been confirmed whether Kim Yo Jong is married, but South Korean media have previously reported, citing unnamed sources, that her husband is Choe’s son.
What Would Happen to the Body?
Both Kim’s father and grandfather lie embalmed in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, a sprawling mausoleum complex of marble-colonnaded halls on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
Kim would probably be similarly preserved before Pyongyang put on a state funeral with all the pomp and circumstance it could muster, around 10 days after his death.