Kim Jong-Il's Son 'Visits China as Heir'
Ailing leader's youngest son meets with Chinese leaders to request aid
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 6:37 AM CDT
North Korean participants listen to a speech during a rally at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, yesterday.   (AP Photo/APTN)
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(Newser) – The youngest son of Kim Jong-Il is believed to have visited China last week as the heir apparent to North Korea's leadership, Reuters reports. Kim Jong-Un was sent as his father's envoy on the secret visit, according to Japanese media, and met with top Chinese leaders to request emergency energy and food aid.