31 Dec '11, 12am

North Korea says Kim Jong Un has assumed the 'supreme commandership' of the reclusive nation's military

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Saturday said Kim Jong Un, the son of late leader Kim Jong Il, had assumed the 'supreme commandership' of the reclusive nation's million-strong military, state media reported on Saturday. Kim Jong Un had already been declared 'supreme leader' of the country during memorial ceremonies for his father on Thursday, as the nation ended 13 days of mourning for Kim Jong Il. '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 Oct 8,' according to the statement by state news agency KCNA early Saturday. Reports following his father's death suggested the younger Kim was already in control of the armed forces, however Saturday's statement was the first official confirmation of his ascension to the role. With the world eyeing the succession for any signs of change, North Kor...

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