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Little is known about Gen. Hyon, who until 2010 seems to have served as commander of the Eighth Army Corps near the country’s northeastern border with China.

In September 2010, he was promoted to four-star general status during the party conference that introduced Mr. Kim as his father’s successor. In December,  he was appointed as a member of the special committee responsible for organizing the state funeral of Mr. Kim’s father.