Becoming the Head of State will make Kim Jong Un a protocol equal to US President Donald Trump, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping in any summits and treaty talks.
North Korea has revised its constitution to make Kim Jong Un head of state, a promotion that could help normalise the isolated country’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the world.
The amendment, which the Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday, gives new legal underpinning to Kim’s status as North Korea’s “supreme leader” and could help normalise his interactions with other world leaders. The duty of representing the country was previously reserved for the president of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium, a position filled by Kim aide Choe Ryong Hae in April.
Being head of state would make Kim a protocol equal to US President Donald Trump, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping in any summits and treaty talks. Trump and Kim agreed to restart negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program in a historic third meeting earlier this month in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula.