SEOUL - A week after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, a major North Korean state newspaper referred to his son, Kim Jong-un, as "supreme commander" of the hermit state's 1.1 million-strong armed forces on Saturday.
It marked the first time North Korea's media, run by the communist government, had described Kim Jong-un as military commander.
State news agency KCNA quoted Rodong Sinmun, published by the North's ruling Workers' Party, as saying the North Korean people "will complete the task of the songun (military-first) revolution by calling Comrade Kim Jong-un as high as our supreme commander".
Pyongyang announced on Monday that Kim Jong-il had died of a heart attack last Saturday. He was believed to be 69.