30 Dec '11, 11pm

Kim Jong-Un named army chief

Kim Jong-Un named army chief

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea said Saturday its new leader Kim Jong-Un has formally been appointed supreme commander of the 1.2 million-strong military, in another sign he is rapidly tightening his grip on power. Jong-Un had already been declared "supreme leader" of the country during memorial ceremonies for his late father Kim Jong-Il on Thursday, as the nation ended 13 days of mourning. "The dear respected Kim Jong-Un... assumed the supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army at the behest of leader Kim Jong-Il on October 8," according to the official news agency. It said the decision was proclaimed Friday at a meeting of the political bureau of the central committee of the ruling party. Jong-Un, aged in his late 20s, was swiftly proclaimed "great successor" after his father died of a heart attack on December 17 at the age of 69. Reports following his father's de...

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