April 13, 2012 / 10:11 AM / 6 years ago

North Korea names Kim Jong-un to top national military post

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea named its young leader Kim Jong-un as First Chairman of the ruling National Defence Commission at a meeting of its assembly on Friday, capping a rise to power in the reclusive state after the sudden death of his father in December.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the State Industrial Art Exhibition at the State Industrial Art Centre to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the North's founder Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang, in this undated recent picture released by the North's KCNA early April 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA
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Kim Jong-il, who ruled the country as the Chairman of the powerful military commission until he died, would remain its chairman for eternity, the North’s official KCNA news agency said.

Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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