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Kim Jong Un named as Supreme Commander by North Korea

 A North Korean soldier walks past a figure of a soldier on the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite side of Chinese city of Dando...
 North Korean men unload goods off a boat on the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite side of Chinese city of Dandong bordering wi...
 A North Korean soldier stands guard as workers unload goods off a truck on the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite side of Chine...
 In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, presides over a national memorial service for hi...

North Korea Kim Jong Il

A North Korean soldier walks past a figure of a soldier on the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite side of Chinese city of Dando...

North Korea Kim Jong Il

North Korean men unload goods off a boat on the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite side of Chinese city of Dandong bordering wi...

North Korea Kim Jong Il

A North Korean soldier stands guard as workers unload goods off a truck on the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite side of Chine...

North Korea Kim Jong Il

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, presides over a national memorial service for hi...

Kim Jong Un was named as Supreme Commander officially by North Korea, the country said Saturday, putting him formally at the head of the 1.2 million-strong military and further strengthening his authority in the wake of Kim Jong Il's death.


An unannounced Workers' Party meeting Friday proclaimed that Kim Jong Il's son and successor, who is in his late 20s, "assumed supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army" according to a will made by Kim Jong Il on Oct. 8, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a statement early Saturday morning.


The meeting of the North's ruling party came one day after the official mourning period for Kim Jong Il ended and senior military and political officials publicly declared Kim Jong Un leader of the party, military and people at a memorial for his father attended by hundreds of thousands.


The North has made great efforts to show the world a unified face, but Kim Jong Un's age and inexperience have raised questions outside North Korea about his leadership of a nation engaged in delicate negotiations over its nuclear program and grappling with decades of economic hardship and chronic food shortages.
The North warned Friday that there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government.


North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission said the country would never deal with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, a conservative who ended a no-strings-attached aid policy toward the North in 2008.
"We declare solemnly and confidently that the foolish politicians around the world, including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us," the National Defense Commission said.

The commission said the "evil misdeeds" of the Lee administration reached a peak when it prevented South Koreans from visiting North Korea to pay respects to Kim Jong Il, except for two delegations led by a former first lady and a business leader, both of whose husbands had ties to North Korea.


North Korea had announced foreign official delegations would not be allowed at the funeral but that it would welcome any South Koreans who wanted to travel to pay respects to Kim.


"Even though we lost Kim Jong Il, we have the dear respected Kim Jong Un," Kang Chol Bok, a 28-year-old officer of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces, told The Associated Press. "We will turn our profound sorrow into strength and courage."


"The father's plan is being implemented," Ralph Cossa, president of Pacific Forum CSIS, a Hawaii-based think tank, said of the transfer of power. "All of these guys have a vested interest in the system and a vested interest in demonstrating stability. The last thing they want to do is create havoc."

(Bloomberg)


Updated : 2021-04-12 14:37 GMT+08:00