Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kim Jong Un = Marshal

Today North Korea made all the fuss by stating that it will issue "an important report" at 12:00PM (Seoul time). I followed the news carefully since 11:50AM having lunch with my buddies. Well it turns out the "important report" was merely the promotion of Kim Jong Un into marshal.
After the report, major news medias were flooded with the news of promotion...
NKorea promotes Kim Jong Un to marshal by AP

North Korea says to issue important report at 0300 GMT by Reuters

North Korean Kim Jong Un promoted to marshal amid military reshuffle by AP

and so on...

This is an excerpt from one of the major news sites...
Here are the basic facts... 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been granted the title of marshal, state media reported Wednesday, cementing his status as the authoritarian nation's top military official as he makes key changes to the million-man force.
The decision to award Kim, who already serves as supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, was made Tuesday by the nation's top military, government and political officials, state media said in a special bulletin.
The formal move to bestow the title of marshal to Kim comes seven months into his rule and follows several days of reshuffling at the highest levels of the military.

Source : http://news.yahoo.com/nkorea-promotes-kim-jong-un-marshal-040017614.html

Well this is funny because on Monday, North Korea announced that the chief of the army, Ri Yong Ho, a high-ranking figure in both political and military circles, was dismissed from all posts due to illness. And even after that, General Hyon Yong Chol was promoted to vice marshal, one of four named to that position since Kim Jong Un took power.

It remains unclear how the military reshuffle will affect North Korea's tense relationship with its neighbors and the United States, which stations more than 28,000 troops in ally South Korea.

As the news said, I, too, have no idea what will happen in the future to the two Koreas, but what I know for sure is that things are changing in North Korea... Drastically...

What I wish is that Kim Jong Un not follow his predecessors' steps, and bring positive changes to North Korea... Reform both economically, politically, and in human rights.

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