PANMUNJOM — Elderly North Korean veterans pledged loyalty to their 20-something leader during Korean War armistice commemorations Friday that were being closely watched after Kim Jong Un reshuffled the military and revealed he’s married.
Over the last two weeks, Kim has taken on the title of marshal and replaced his army chief — once a key mentor. Both moves were seen as an effort to build loyalty among thearmed forces and solidify his credentials as commander.
North Korea also revealed Wednesday that the stylish woman at Kim’s side in some public appearances this month is his wife.
Images of her walking with Kim were choreographed to show the leader as modern, mature, and down-to-earth, analysts said.