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Kim Jong-un declared N.Korea's supreme military commander

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Kim Jong-un, the younger son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was officially declared the supreme commander of the armed forces, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Saturday.

Kim Jong-un, the younger son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was officially declared the supreme commander of the armed forces, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Saturday.

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party "courteously proclaimed that the dear respected Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, assumed the supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army," Yonhap quoted Pyongyang's official news agency KCNA as saying.

The isolated East Asian state has just ended a period of mourning for Kim Jong-il, who had ruled North Korea since 1994. He died on 17 December of a heart attack, state media said.

His son, Kim Jong-un, has since been named "supreme leader of the party, state and army." Little is known about Kim Jong-un, except that he is in his late twenties and has had some schooling in Switzerland.

North Korea has already said the international community should not "expect any change" in its policies after Kim's death.

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