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N. Korean Leader Appointed To Top Party Post Ahead Of Rocket Launch

4/11/2012 9:22 AM ET

North Korea's young new leader, Kim Jong-un, was on Wednesday appointed First Secretary of the North's all powerful ruling Workers' Party, a new post created for further consolidating his grip on power ahead of a controversial rocket launch.

Kim, who is believed to be in his late 20s, was appointed to the top party post at a crucial party conference held in capital Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The party also named his late father Kim Jong-il as its "General Secretary for eternity."

Meanwhile, the nuclear-armed Communist State began fueling its rocket ahead of a planned launch to put a satellite in orbit between April 12-16 despite international pressure.

Paek Chang-ho, head of the satellite control center of the Korean Committee of Space Technology, said fuel was being injected into the rocket for the planned launch, which the U.S., South Korea, Japan and several other countries suspect is aimed at testing its long-range missile technology

by RTT Staff Writer

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