New North Korean leader issues first military orders
December 21st, 2011
02:18 PM ET

New North Korean leader issues first military orders

Kim Jong Un issued his first military orders as leader of North Korea just before the death of his father was announced, a South Korean state-run news agency said Wednesday.

Citing "a South Korean source," Yonhap reported that Kim "ordered all military units to halt field exercises and training and return to their bases."

The source called it a sign that Kim Jong Il's son, believed to be in his late 20s, had taken "complete control over the military," Yonhap reported.

An intelligence official said North Korea may be trying to prevent attempted defections as the country goes through a tumultuous transition, the report said.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. chippy1

    Hey, who's the chick in the pic?

    January 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  2. chippy1

    Wasn't his forst command for Chinese take out?

    January 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  3. billy

    Seeing the movement of half of NK troops is easily viewable from above. Knowing KJI died on a train in the middle of NK is not as easily noted. The movement was after KJI died so it is possibly KJU first command, I doubt the "source" saw him give the actual command. Perhaps they intercepted a country wide broadcast of the order. You act as if there is a South Korean spy standing next to both KJI and KJU...

    December 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  4. Philip from MD

    So a "Source" in SK knows that Kim Jong Un issued the military command (a rather boring one at that). Where was that source when Il died?

    December 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • chippy1

      He was sleeping.

      January 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply

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