North Korea added a key title to the credentials of its untested new ruler Kim Jong-Un, who met his first South Korean delegation since he was hailed as “great successor” to his late father.
In a move that experts said shows the successor is on track to take full control of the secretive nation, the ruling party newspaper hailed Jong-Un as head of its Central Committee.
Jong-Un, in his late 20s, has also been touted as “supreme commander” of the military since his father Kim Jong-Il died on December 17 of a heart attack at the age of 69.
Usually the head of the Central Committee — a top decision-making body — is also its general secretary, a position previously held by Kim Jong-Il.
“Jong-Un has not officially taken over as general secretary, but he is expected to inherit it and other posts held by his father,” Dongguk University professor Kim Yong-Hyun told AFP.
On Monday evening he met the leaders of two South Korean delegations at the palace, Seoul’s unification ministry said.