The many roles of North Korea's Kim

2012-07-18 12:53


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Pyongyang - Kim Jong-Un is not the president of North Korea. That title belongs — eternally, the government says — to his late grandfather Kim Il-Sung, the nation's founder.

But the younger Kim has picked up a slew of big titles in the seven months since he became the country's leader. Here's the list:

—    Marshal of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea's official name): Kim was granted the title in a meeting of top government, military and Workers' Party officials on 17 July. The decision was made a day after the surprise announcement of the dismissal of the army chief. Kim previously was promoted to four-star general in September 2010.

—    First chairperson of the National Defence Commission: North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly elected Kim to the post in a special parliamentary session 13 April. It also made his father, late leader Kim Jong-Il, the commission's "chairman for eternity".

—    First secretary of the Workers' Party: Kim was awarded the newly created post at a special party conference on 11 April. His father was granted the posthumous title of "eternal general secretary".

—    Chairperson of the party's Central Military Commission: Kim succeeded his father as chairperson of the commission that formulates the party's military policies at the 11 April conference. Kim had been named a vice chairperson of the commission in September 2010.

—    Member of the Presidium of the party's Political Bureau: Kim was named a standing member of the party's five-man politburo Presidium at the 11 April conference.

—    Supreme commander of the Korean People's Army: Kim was named the top commander of North Korea's 1.2 million-member military at a Workers' Party meeting on 30 December.

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