lundi 2 janvier 2012

North Korean leader inspects tank division...

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the North’s new leader and supreme commander of the nation's military, Kim Jong-un, visited a military tank division on New Year's Day.

The inspection marks the young leader's first visit to the military since the death of his father Kim Jong-il.

The KCNA said the tank division was the first to enter the South Korean capital Seoul during the Korean War.

Kim Jong-il visited the division with his father, the late Kim Il-sung, on August 25th, 1960, which is celebrated as the day marking the beginning of the North's military-first, or seongun, politics.

Kim Jong-un's visit on Sunday is believed to be aimed at conveying his will to carry on this policy of military-centered politics.

Kim was accompanied by his uncle and vice chairman of the National Defense Commission Jang Song-thaek and Army Chief of Staff Ri Yong-ho and other military leaders.
(KBS World Radio, 2012-01-02)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspected a tank force on Sunday.

Korean state media said that his inspection was conducted along with Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Il's borther-in-law and Ri Yong Ho, the chief of the Korean People's Army General Staff.

Kim Jong Un said that the tank force should prepare for action and maintain its readiness to react to any situation as quickly as possible.

Earlier on Sunday Kim Jong Un revisited the Kumsusan Memorial Palace where his father Kim Jong Il and grandfather, the founder of the country, Kim Il Sung lie in state.

Our correspondent says that Kim Jong Un wants to strengthen his position as successor to his father by visiting a military unit at first.

On Saturday North Korea's state-run media reported that Kim Jong Un was officially appointed supreme commander of the military -- a position held by his father.
(Japan Broadcasting Corporation, 2012-01-02)

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