On September 19, South Korea's Unification Ministry, which is in charge of inter-Korean relations, submitted an analysis report to the National Assembly, stating: "Kim Jong-eun appears to have secured his 'niche'."
"Kim Jong-eun has implanted officials who are loyal to him in the powerful organizations, including the military and the security apparatus. He is also involved in the process of deciding Pyongyang's policy on South Korea and economic-planning," it said.
|Kim Jong-eun and Kim Jong-il|
For the last year, the so-called "co-governance" between the father and son "has firmly been firmly put in place," said Cheong Seong-chang, a North Korea specialist at the Sejong Institute in South Korea. "Not only has Kim Jong-eun been accompanying his father in various inspections, he is also seen giving his instructions alongside his father."
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