According to North Korean state media, the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, has been given the title of marshal, further strengthening his status as the top leader of the country's 1.2-million-strong military. Kim already had the title of supreme commander of the Korean People's Army. The new title is "another brick in the wall of consolidating Kim Jong Un's power, across party, state and military institutions," according to a North Korea analyst at a university in South Korea.
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