• North Korea on Monday added an important title to the fast-growing credentials of its untested new ruler, referring to the youngest son of late leader Kim Jong-Il as head of a key ruling party body. In a move that experts said shows the successor is on track to take full control of the secretive nation, the ruling party newspaper hailed him as head of its Central Committee.

  • Mr. Kim, in his late 20s, has already been touted as “great successor” and “supreme commander” of the military since his father died on December 17 of a heart attack at the age of 69. Usually the head of the Central Committee — a top decision-making body — is also its general secretary, a position previously held by Kim Jong-Il.