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North Korea's Kim Jong Un Takes Over Party's Top Position From Late Father

By Kyodo News 11 January 2021

BEIJING—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been elected general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, taking over the top post from his late father, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.

The election, endorsed Sunday at the party’s first congress in nearly five years, is apparently aimed at boosting Kim’s authority ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, North Korea watchers say. Nuclear talks between the two nations remain stalled.

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