His first public appearance came days later on Oct. 10 when he reviewed, alongside his father, the country’s biggest-ever military parade to mark the Party’s founding anniversary. In an unprecedented move, the isolated country invited some 80 reporters from the international media to cover the military parade effectively used to herald to the world the rise of the prince.
On the following day on Sept. 28, he was named vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party and was ranked sixth during the party conference following Politburo Presidium members — Kim Jong-Il, Kim Yong-Nam, Choe Yong-Rim,Jo Myung-Rok and Ri Yong-Ho.
A year later, on Sept. 9, the junior Kim again reviewed a military parade, flanked by his father, a rare military ceremony marking the birthday of the communist regime in Pyongyang. The North has rarely held such military parade on the founding anniversary of the regime.
“The military parade was arranged to show to the nation and the world that the power succession scheme is on the course,” a government official in Seoul said.
“Succession seems underway smoothly,” he said. Footage of the North’s Central TV showed aged leaders, such as 85-year-old Party Secretary Kim Ki-Nam, made a deep bow to Kim Jong-Un, the official noted.