TIME in KOREA — The leader of North Korea has been invited to visit the military of the country’s first woman in the country since it was founded in the 1960s.
Kim Hak Song, who was elected to her post in April, is the first woman to serve as an officer in the North Korean military since it gained its independence from the Soviet Union in the 1950s.
The military is an important part of the ruling Kim family’s political power and Kim Hak Song was born in the city of Dandong, which is now home to the Chinese border.
She is the latest member of the North’s elite to gain a military rank, a position that is closely tied to her leadership.
Kim was the first female North Korean leader to serve in the military and has led the country for more than 30 years.
Her appointment is part of a series of appointments of women to high-ranking positions in the ruling Workers’ Party that have been met with widespread protests.
North Korea is a communist state and has long seen itself as a bulwark against U.S. military intervention in the region.
Kim is known for her outspoken opinions and she has long been seen as an advocate of women’s rights and the advancement of the Kim dynasty’s economic reforms.
Her popularity has been boosted in recent years by the nuclear crisis that rocked the country in late 2011.
The first female leader to be elected to a military position in North Korea was Kim Il Sung, who took power in 1966.
He died in 1994.
The military is made up of about 12 million people.