October 17, 2019
Leader, Sun, Mentor, Guide: How North Korean leaders choose their titles
Great care is taken to give North Korea’s supreme leadership a sufficiently exalted set of monikers
When Kim Jong Il died, the North Korean leadership faced the unexpected: the process of Kim Jong Un being anointed as successor had just began and was far from complete. Pyongyang had to rush to promote the young Kim to all necessary positions. Kim Jong Un had to be appointed supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, the first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the chairman of the