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Jong Un assumes top defense commission post

Friday, April 13, 2012

Laaska News  Apr. 13, 2012

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed the top post of the National Defense Commission — a core state body.

The appointment establishes Kim as the leader of all 3 branches of power — the state, the military and the ruling party.

Kim was named first chairman of the National Defense Commission at Friday’s session of North Korea’s parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly.

Kim’s father, the late leader Kim Jong Il, was given the title “eternal chairman” of the Commission.

Under the North’s Constitution, the Defense Commission chairman is treated as the country’s supreme leader.

With that status now granted to the late Kim for eternity, the post of first chairman will serve as the new top title.

Kim Jong Un already holds the position of supreme commander of the North Korean military.

On Wednesday, he also assumed the new top post of first secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party.

His assumption of the Defense Commission title completes the transfer of power that began soon after Kim Jong Il’s death in December.

Friday, April 13, 2012 20:30