Tough Transition Awaits N. Korean Heir-Apparent

North Korean  leader Kim Jong Il (left) meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Changchun, in northeast China's Jilin province, on Aug. 27. It's believed Kim Jong Il traveled with his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, on the rare trip to  China, reigniting speculation the  younger Kim will take over the reins of the reclusive communist nation. The transition of leadership will be a difficult one to manage  both for North  Korea and for its neighbors.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (left) meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Changchun, in northeast China's Jilin province, on Aug. 27. It's believed Kim Jong Il traveled with his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, on the rare trip to China, reigniting speculation the younger Kim will take over the reins of the reclusive communist nation. The transition of leadership will be a difficult one to manage both for North Korea and for its neighbors.