North Korea announces the appointment of Hyon Yong-chol as the new head of the Korean People's Army, replacing Ri Yong-ho.
North Korea rejects South Korea's offer to send special envoys to defuse the current tensions on the peninsula, after having destroyed the Inter-Korean Liaison Office, and says the Korean People's Army will re-enter the demilitarized Kaesong and Mount Kumgang areas.
A Korean People's Army soldier defects to South Korea via the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). He was shot and injured by fellow North Korean soldiers as he crossed to the South Korean side at Panmunjom, and has been taken to hospital.
Kim Jong-un is officially announced as the Supreme Leader of North Korea, a position that he occupied "de facto" since his father's death. He also gains the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army.
North Korean media name Kim Jong-un – the son and successor of late leader Kim Jong-il – as the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army. [http:--www.straitstimes.com-The-Big-Story-The-Big-Story-1-Story-STIStory_748569.html ("Straits Times")]date=August 2019