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N Korea at crossroads

All eyes on Kim family as North Korean leader's health questioned

Sister Kim Yo Jong seen as de facto number 2

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is assisted by his sister Kim Yo Jong as he signs documents inside the Demilitarized Zone in April 2018.   © Reuters

SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- News of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's possible ill health rippled throughout the world Tuesday, sending governments scrambling for information.

It also triggered speculation about potential succession scenarios, especially as the 36-year-old Kim's three children are still young and presumably not ready to lead the country.

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