North Korean military pledges allegiance to Kim Jong-unUpdated: 2013-12-17 (KST)
Is Kim Jong-un trying to quell instability in the North by tightening his grip on the state's military?
According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency Monday the North Korean military swore loyalty to "their one and only supreme commander Kim Jong-un" and vowed to safeguard him in accordance with Kim Jong-il's last words.
The gathering took place at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, where bodies of the state founder Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il lie in state.
Military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae. and armed forces minister Jang Jong-nam were among those in attendance.
Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un also paid his respects to the late chairman of the Workers' Party Control Commission Kim Kuk-tae, who was known for his loyalty to the regime.
The KCNA, reporting on Kim Jong-un's visit, stressed the importance of doing the same.
A large-scale national ceremony to commemorate the second anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death is expected to take place on Tuesday.
Much attention is being drawn to how the front seats will be arranged, as it will be indicative of the regime's new power structure.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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