Kim Jong Un named to head state panel; new premier selected

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was elected chairman of the State Affairs Commission, and a new premier was chosen by the government's parliament, the Korean Central News Agency reports.

The agency says the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly chose Kim Jong Un for the post because of "his outstanding ideological and theoretical wisdom and experienced and seasoned leadership."

The agency reports that Kim Jae Ryong was chosen as premier of the cabinet. He replaces Pak Pong Ju.

The North Korea Watch website says Kim Jae Ryong has been a longtime ruling party leader and has "held guidance officer and political management positions at industrial sites."

Pak Pong Ju had served two separate terms as premier, from 2003 to 2007 and from 2013 to 2019, according to North Korea Watch.