The leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un has officially named the head of state and supreme commander for the first time. The North Korean Constitution has been amended accordingly.
Experts interviewed by FreeNews noted that Kim Jong-un has long wanted to get the title of the head of state and make the policy less militarized and more focused on the economy and international negotiations.
According to the updated version of the basic law of the country published by the Naenara portal, Kim, as Chairman of the State Council of the DPRK, is now the “high representative of all the Korean people” and “Supreme Commander of the DPRK army.”
Previously, the Constitution designated Kim Jong-un’s position simply as “Supreme leader” who commands “all the military power” of the country.
Officially, the head of state was the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK. Now, this post is held by one of the closest associates of Kim Jong-un — Chhve Ren He.
As noted by BBC correspondent Alistair Colman, in fact, the DPRK has no living leader, as previously ruled the country Kim Ir Sung and Kim Jong Ir have the titles of “eternal leaders.”
North Korea is still called a nuclear power in the new version of the Constitution.
Over the past two years, the DPRK for the first time held extensive talks with South Korea and the United States. In June, Donald Trump became the first US President to visit North Korea in the demilitarized zone.