Earlier today, the Korean People’s Army swore allegiance to North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong-un.
The official ceremony was held outside the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, - the burial place of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung. It was also there that North Koreans paid their last respects to their previous leader, Kim Jong-il.
Experts on North Korea point out that since the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea lives according to the ‘Songun” idea, or the military above all else, the armed forces’ support for the new leader is of paramount importance in the transfer of power.
Following the death of Kim Jong-il his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, assumed his father’s titles, including that of supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army.