North Korea’s Kim Jong-il re-elected to top post

April 9th, 2009 - 12:32 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 9 (ANI): North Korean parliament has re-elected the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Il to his most powerful post, chairman of the National Defence Commission, even as the international diplomatic deadlock persisted over last weekend’s missile test by Pyongyang.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that the election “is all the servicepersons’ and people’s expression of unquestioned support and trust in him,” adding that Kim has performed the immortal exploits to shine long in the history of the country.

Kim is also head of the ruling Workers’ Party and supreme commander of the 1.2 million-member military.

Analysts had been hoping to glean further information by watching Kim at the Assembly, however the initial reports from Pyongyang’s state media did not make clear whether Kim had actually presided over his re-election in person, The Telegraph reported.

The 67-year-old military dictator, who is believed to have suffered a stroke last August, capped a week of jubilant domestic propaganda in North Korea as Kim’s military leadership sought to capitalise on Sunday’s missile test.

China and Russia continue to block calls from the US, Japan and South Korea for a United Nations motion censuring the North for breaching a 2006 resolution banning Pyongyang from conducting missile tests.

China and Russia have expressed concern over the missile test and are advocating a soft approach to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table and the Six Party talks on nuclear disarmament, which have been stalled since December. (ANI)

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