N Korea heir apparent wins senior party posts

 Kim Jong-Un was named one of two vice-chairmen of the central military commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea and a member of its central committee, a day after his father appointed him a four-star general.

“Now the crown prince has all he needs to become the next leader,” said Choi Jin-Wook, senior analyst with South’s Korea Institute for National Unification.

Jong-Un’s high position on the military commission chaired by his father gives him considerable authority over one of the world’s largest armed forces, numbering 1.2 million. The speed of his ascent may indicate the 68-year-old father’s health is worse than believed.

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