With all the drama surrounding the installation of youngster Kim Jong-un as leader of North Korea, his spurned older siblings are likely to feel somewhat overlooked. But perhaps we can look to poetry to explain why his second (older) son Kim Jong-chol was passed over for inheritance of the famous platform shoes.
Writing under the pseudonym Chol Pak, Jong-chol is reported to have penned a poem about his “ideal world” that contains some remarkably off-message sentiments about nuclear weapons (Scrapbook has edited out the bits about Jean Claude Van-Damme):
“If I had my ideal world I would not allow weapons and atom bombs any more … Everybody would be happy: no more war, no more dying, no more crying … Only in my ideal world can the people have freedom and live very happily.”
Kim Jong-Il determined Jong-chol “too feminine” to take over as The Great Leader.