Missile launches Kim Jong-Il's brother-in-law into the military power hierarchy

April 2009
East-Asia-Intel Reports;4/17/2009, p7
The article reports that North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il has promoted Jang Song-Taek, his brother-in-law, to the National Defense Commission (NDC) and reshuffled its lineup to prepare for an eventual transfer of power. Other new members include Ju Kyu-Chang, first vice direct of the ruling party's defense industry department. Koh Yu-Hwan, a North Korea specialist at Dongguk University in Seoul, said Jang's role would be to prepare for any possible crisis due to Kim's health problem.


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