01 Jan '12, 2am

N. Korea to issue gold, silver coins in honour of late leader

(THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - North Korea said on Saturday it will issue gold and silver coins to mark the 20th anniversary of late leader Kim Jong Il's ascension to the supreme commander of the communist nation's armed forces. Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency made the announcement minutes after Kim's successor son, Jong Un, took over the supreme commandership in a strong sign that the young son, believed to be in his late 20s, is rapidly solidifying power. The commandership is one of the titles that the late leader held before his death on Dec 17, along with the general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party and the chairman of the National Defense Commission. Kim Jong Un is expected to assume the other posts as well. KCNA said the coin issuance is to mark the late leader's 'immortal achievements' of making North Korea an invincible military power with nucl...

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