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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 12:58
North Korea's Kim Jong-un named 'marshal' of army.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been given the title of ''marshal'', state media has announced.

The move followed a high-level military reshuffle in which army chief Ri Yong-ho was removed ''due to illness'' and a little-known general promoted.

Marshal is the highest military rank and would cement Kim's control over the army.

Kim Jong-un inherited the leadership of North Korea from his father, Kim Jong-il, who died in December 2011.

The title of marshal was previously held by the late Kim, who received a posthumous promotion to the rank of generalissimo in February, when the country marked his 70th birthday.

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