NORTH KOREA . . . THE SON ALSO RISES

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Figuring outNorth Korea's leadershipcould make even a Kremlinologist's head spin, but it looks as though Kim Jong Il -- son of the late PresidentKim Il Sung-- may finally be running the show. Today, on the eve of the anniversary of elder Kim's death, North Korean television showed the younger Kim seated at a dais with other dignitaries as a military band played a patriotic song. "The revolutionary cause pioneered by President Kim Il Sung is now being successfully carried forward under the wise guidance of the great leader, Comrade Kim Jong Il," Yang Hyong Sop, North Korea's parliament speaker, said during the service. The uncharismatic and inarticulate Kim Jong Il's role had been unclear since the demise of his forceful father -- the only leader North Korea had ever known.