Kim Jong Un Named Marshal of North Korea

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been awarded the title of marshal, formally becoming the country's top military leader.

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.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Hyon Yong Chol was introduced as the new army chief staff during a military meeting in Pyongyang. Hyon was promoted to the position of vice marshal on Monday.