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Mullen Says N. Korea's Attack Tied to Leadership Succession Updated: 2010-11-25 00:00:00 KST

A top US military official says North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island could be linked to the North Korean leader's plan to hand over power to his son.
Appearing on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen referred to Kim Jong-il as a "very unpredictable" and a "dangerous" person pointing out that Tuesday's attack seems to be tied to the regime's leadership succession issue.
Admiral Mullen said the international community must therefore, work toward stabilizing the Korean peninsula before the North Korean leader's son takes over and continues on the path with with nuclear weapons.
The Admiral added that China's leadership at this point is "absolutely critical" since it is the one country that has influence over North Korea.
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