SEOUL, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A report by South Korea's National Assembly has concluded that the political system of North Korea will likely survive beyond the death of leader Kim Jong Il.
The report, from the legislative body's intelligence committee, said Kim's death would likely spark an emergency situation but speedy actions from the country's top military officials would calm the populace and keep state affairs running smoothly, The Korea Times reported Monday.
The report said Kim has made plans ensuring the regime continues after his death a top priority. He is expected to name a successor in early 2007.
Rumors have circulated that Kim Jong Il's long-standing problems with diabetes, kidney problems and liver troubles have caused his health to deteriorate, making it difficult for him to walk, the Times said.