01 Jan '12, 3am

North Korea urges its people to defend new leader Kim Jong Un 'unto death'

North Korea has urged its people to defend new leader Kim Jong Un 'to the death' in a new year editorial published by state media. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea urged its people on Sunday to defend new leader Kim Jong Un to the death, in a new year newspaper editorial published by state media setting out policy for 2012. 'The whole party, the entire army and all the people should possess a firm conviction that they will become human bulwarks and human shields in defending Kim Jong Un unto death, and follow the great party for ever,' it said. Jong Un, aged in his late 20s, was proclaimed the 'great successor' after his father Kim Jong Il died on Dec 17, and last week was formally appointed supreme commander of the 1.2-million-strong armed forces. The North, closing ranks publicly behind its new chief, has warned the world not to expect policy changes. Sunday's...

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