Kim Jong Un Now Country's 'Supreme Commander'

State-run media vows to uphold him as such

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2011 8:35 AM CST

(Newser) – Kim Jong Un isn't just North Korea's "Outstanding Leader"—he's now also the "Supreme Commander" of its military. He was hailed as such by the ruling party newspaper, which urged Kim to lead the country to "eternal victory." "We declare from our hearts ... we will complete the task of songun (military-first) revolution under comrade Kim Jong Un," the paper declared. The BBC explains that the "songun" policy is one that boots military spending to the top of the priority list.

The country continues to prepare itself for Wednesday's funeral, notes the AP, with sobbing residents shoveling snow off the streets to clear the way for Kim Jong Il's funeral motorcade. "Our general Kim Jong Il went on trips of field guidance for people throughout his whole life, on roads covered with snow, and how can we make his last trip on snow-covered roads?" said one.

In this Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a massive military parade.
In this Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a massive military parade.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
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