The many roles of North Korea's Kim

2012-07-18 12:53

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.

  • sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-18 14:59

    his latest title --- FUGLY

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-20 11:40

      Very !

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-18 18:37

    If you look like that at age 28 you probably are sexually impotent and have grease in your ears.

  • Gus - 2012-07-18 19:47

    Kim Young One's father was reported in the N. Korean media of having scored 9 holes in one, the first time he played golf. Now thats some achievement!!!

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-20 11:41

      Ha ha ha ha!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-19 10:01

    Salute to you young man

  • moeg.malseun - 2012-07-19 14:43

    wow what a hero!!!

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