Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) on 18 July 2012 awarded the title of Marshal to its top leader Kim Jong Un. The decision to confer the title on Kim was taken by nation's top military brass and government officials on 17 July 2012.
Kim Jong Un rose to helm of Communist Nation following the death of
his father Kim Jong Il in December 2011. Since then he has been serving
as supreme commander of the Korean People's Army.
Kim Jong Il was named the Marshal of North Korea following the death
of his father Kim Il Sung in July 1994. The death of Il on 17 December
2011left the position of Marshal vacant for nearly seven months. Kim
Jong Il was posthumously made grand marshal, the nation's top military
title, in February 2012.
Before formally being named the Marshal, Kim Jong Un carried out a
high-profile reshuffle in the country’s army, which saw the chief of the
army, Ri Yong Ho being sacked from all posts due to illness on 16 July
2012.Subsequently a less renowned military general, Hyon Yong Chol took
over as the vice marshal on 17 July 2012.