Kim Jong Un Named Marshal of North Korea

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has been promoted to marshal, the country's highest military rank.

State media announced the move in a brief special message Wednesday.

It comes after a shakeup of the military's leadership this week, which included the departure of Ri Yong Ho, North Korea's top military figure and a key advisor to Kim Jong Un. North Korea said Ri had been removed from all of his posts because of illness.

Marshal is the same title held by Kim Jong Un's late father, Kim Jong Il, who died in December.