North Korea promotes military chiefs as it marks late leader Kim Jong Il's birth
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea celebrated the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong Il on Sunday after promoting key military officials including the chief of its rocket unit, state media said.
Kim Rak Gyom, the commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Strategic Rocket Force Command, was promoted to colonel general at the order of leader Kim Jong Un, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported late Saturday.
The unit is in charge of the country's mid- and long-range missiles programme.
Dozens of other senior military officials were also promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and major general, the KCNA said.