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North Korea Promotes Internal Unity Ahead of 'Day of the Sun'

North Korea Promotes Internal Unity Ahead of 'Day of the Sun'

The North Korean regime has handed out major promotions for a number of military officials on the eve of the “Day of the Sun,” the anniversary of the state founder Kim Il-sung's birth.

According to the North's Rodong Newspaper on Thursday, some 95 military officials have been promoted at the behest of leader Kim Jong-un, including former defense minister Kim Jong-gwan, who was given the title of general after losing his vice marshal status last year.

Minister of State Security Jong Kyong-thaek regained the rank of general after his demotion in 2020.

The promotions are widely seen as a move by the leader to boost military morale among high-ranking officials, who frequently used demotions as a tool to tighten his grip on the military.

North Korea is also holding a series of ceremonies to mark the completion of luxurious residential apartments, further ramping up its internal propaganda ahead of the big day.

Rodong Newspaper reported that the leader attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to mark the opening of a river-side apartment in Pyongyang. He also attended a ceremony on Monday to mark the completion of some ten-thousand apartments in the Songsin and Songhwa areas in the capital.

[Photo : YONHAP News]

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