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.