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North Korea promotes military chiefs as it marks late leader Kim Jong Il's birth

Published on Feb 16, 2014 1:38 PM
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 72nd birth anniversary of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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