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Kim Jong Gak was previously in charge of military administration and organization.
North Korea has appointed a new armed forces minister ahead of its controversial rocket launch.
AFP says that the official ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun has announced Kim Jong Gak has been named "minister of the people's armed forces."
Jong Gak was previously in charge of military administration and organization, Associated Press says.
He replaces 75-year-old Kim Yong Chun, who was a confidant of the late leader Kim Jong Il and had served in the military since 1956.
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AFP quotes analyst Cheong Seong Chang, of South Korea's Sejong Institute as saying that the move "indicates that Jong Un is appointing close confidants to key posts."
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