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North Korea Kim Jong-un Takes On New Title Anonymous / AP Photo

Kim Jong-un Takes On New Title

Something the State Department is surely trying to figure out: does Kim Jong-un have absolute power or not? Despite a Reuters report last week to that Kim would share power with his uncle and the military, The New York Times says Kim has been taking on new titles at a rate that suggests “whoever was rallying the key agencies of power behind the young leader was ensuring that the son would not share power, at least in the public eye.” The latest title for Kim, announced on Monday, was to make him the head of the Workers’ Party by putting him in charge of its Central Committee. However, Reuters continues to report the “growing sway” of Kim’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who appeared in on television in a general’s uniform Sunday.

December 26, 2011 7:35 AM