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Koreans announce new leader

By Deirdre Griswold

The leading bodies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have shown great confidence in the youth of their country. They have picked a young man in his twenties to assume the highest responsibilities of the state, the army and the party.

On April 15, Kim Jong Un was officially named the supreme leader of the DPRK, assuming the posts of first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defense Commission. That date coincided with mass celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, who had led the Korean people through decades of successful struggle against both Japanese and U.S. imperialism.

With the elevation of Kim Jong Un, the DPRK has completed its transition to a new leader after the untimely death in December of Kim Jong Il, who had guided the country for 18 years after the loss of Kim Il Sung.

The new leader, speaking to the mass celebrations in Pyongyang, the capital, reiterated themes of the greatest importance to the Korean people: the commitment to continue a strong defense of the country, and the building of a prosperous economy that can meet the needs of all the people.

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