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Close military aide to father of N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un dies

Kim Yong Chun (Kyodo)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Kim Yong Chun, one of the most influential military advisers to the father of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died of acute myocardial infarction Thursday, the country's state-run media reported Friday. He was 82.

The close aide to Kim Jong Il became the minister of the People's Armed Forces in 2009 and was made marshal of the Korean People's Army in 2016.

Led by Kim Jong Un, North Korea is scheduled to hold a state funeral on Monday for Kim Yong Chun, the Korean Central News Agency said.

According to KCNA, Kim Yong Chun was born in 1936. He worked as the chief of the KPA General Staff from 1995 before becoming minister of the People's Armed Forces.

Kim Jong Il, who advocated "Songun," or military first, policy, ruled North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011.

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