Kim Jong-un Now Simply Known as 'General'

North Korea's state-controlled media on Tuesday unanimously started referring to leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un as "general."

[North] Korean Central News Agency and Central Television and Pyongyang TV used the title when they released a list of top officials who attended a meeting between Kim senior and visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (right) and his son Jong-un (left) pose with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting in Pyongyang on Monday in this picture released by the official KCNA news agency. /Reuters-Yonhap

The state media had previously used his unwieldy official title -- vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers Party. He was appointed as the official heir to the North Korean throne at a party meeting in September last year.

The simplification to "general" suggests that his status is gradually becoming more secure. 

is he now a new dictator of N.Korea? OMG. When could N.Koreans be saved like Libya? They will be more suffering from him.

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