July 18th, 2012
01:31 AM ET

Kim Jong Un named marshal of North Korean army

North Korea said Wednesday that it had given the title of marshal of the army to its young leader, Kim Jong Un, the latest in a string of recent moves to reconfigure the top ranks of the military.

Kim, who is already referred to as "supreme commander" of the Korean People's Army, has been awarded the title of marshal by the reclusive regime's most powerful political and military bodies, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The announcement follows the removal of the army chief, Ri Yong Ho, from all his government posts on Sunday, a decision KCNA said had been motivated by his "illness." A day later, North Korea promoted a little known general to the rank of vice marshal.


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  1. francois2012


    July 18, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. james ainoris

    WalMart is said to supply all decrations and uniforms under a joint contract with the olypics... They said they are no longer using any children under 7yo for labor and they are now unchained from their workstations twice a day to use communal toilet... lunch breaks and a lowered 80hour work week are being considered but american walmart officials have objected. They may consider allowing children to model walmart fashions while marching in military youth goups or while cleaning chinese army tanks...The U.N. proposed a new atoms "for peace project" which would supply north korea with nuke fuel and centrifuges to mfg. foot x ray from constant marching and dental machines for all the people eating grass and wood. Hugo Chavez ,Al Sharpton and Iranian leaders to attend rsvp. Very beautiful celebration... there is a problem keeping all the starving children away from media cameras like olympics in china.. so an extra work shift is planned to keep the busy making toys for western nations.... james ainoris

    July 18, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I read on another news site where Kim Jung Un has cemented his position. Couldn't have happened to an un-nicer guy. He needs to be dropped into a hole and cemented into position permanently.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    The removal of the old marshal had been motivated by his “illness."
    Illness is in quotation marks...
    What is the real reason?
    Something isn't passing the smell test here...
    And, really, I don't believe a dang word that comes out of NK, anyway.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©


    July 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |