N. Korea Names Kim Jong Un Marshal in Consolidation of Power
Kim Jong Un consolidated his hold on North Korea, taking the top military rank of marshal days after the army chief was removed.
The leadership of the government and the military made the decision yesterday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said today in a statement.
Kim’s new post cements his place at the top of North Korea’s 1.2 million-strong military seven months after succeeding his late father Kim Jong Il as dictator. Having ousted army chief Ri Yong Ho on July 15, Kim is now free to pursue his own policies, such as using military resources to improve the country’s isolated and impoverished economy.