Kim Jong Un appointed North Korea’s top military commander

January 1st, 2012 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Pyongyang, Jan 1 (IANS) Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has been appointed the country’s top military commander, the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) has announced.

The announcement comes following a meeting of the central committee of the WPK Friday, reported Sunday.

His appointment was according to his father’s wishes, the official KCNA news agency said.

The army and the people of North Korea will carry forward the cause of building a socialist nation under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, a document adopted by WPK’s central committee said.

The document underlines the need to hold Kim Jong-un as “the only centre of unity, cohesion and leadership of the WPK” and defend him politically and ideologically.

It calls upon all party members, the military and the people to “turn sorrow into thousand-fold strength and courage”.

Kim Jong-il, the 69-year-old supreme leader of nuclear-armed North Korea, died from “great mental and physical strain” Dec 17 during a train journey. A funeral ceremony was held at the Plaza of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace where people bid him their final farewell.

On the same day, the UN flew its blue and white flag at half mast at its offices across the world to mourn his death.

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