Revised ’10 Principles’ impact daily lives of N. Koreans more than nation’s constitution

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meets family members of a soldier as he inspects Jangjae Islet Defense Detachment near the border with South Korea on March 7, 2013.  AFP/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meets family members of a soldier as he inspects Jangjae Islet Defense Detachment near the border with South Korea on March 7, 2013. AFP/KCNA

SEOUL — North Korea has revised its key ruling ideology of the “10 Principles for Monolithic Leadership” for the first time in 39 years, officials and sources here said.

The changes were clearly made to legitimize the rule of Kim Jong-Un, and imply there are political challenges facing the youthful new leader.

The “10 Principles” have a more direct impact on everyday lives of its people than the constitution, according to specialists on North Korea.

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