North Korea has created a new ruling organization in an apparent continuation of efforts by leader Kim Jong Un to shift political power away from the military and spur economic revival.
A meeting of Pyongyang’s rubber-stamp parliament Wednesday approved the formation of the State Affairs Commission to replace the National Defense Commission as the highest branch of government, according to a report from North Korea’s state news agency.
The military-dominated NDC has for years been the supreme governing authority in North Korea. Under the “military-first” policy of Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s ruler from 1994 to 2011 and father of the current leader, the NDC directed policy in areas such as the economy and foreign relations as well as national defense. […]