July 27, 2018

As Trump Thanks Kim Jong Un, North Korea's Military Leadership Gets Another Shake-Up

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: Newsweek

Journalist Brendan Cole

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has appointed a new military chief in the latest shake-up of his military top brass.

The country’s state media said that Ri Yong Gil is taking up the post of chief of the military’s general staff.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Ri accompanied Kim on a visit to a war veterans’ cemetery to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the armistice agreement ending the Korean War.

It comes amid perceptions that Kim is pursuing diplomacy with Washington after his summit in Singapore with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim is replacing officers linked to his previously bellicose nuclear ambitions with loyalists prepared to follow his new line, Reuters reported.

Other recent appointments include No Kwang Chol as defense chief and Army General Kim Su Gil as director of the General Political Bureau.

Read the full article and more in Newsweek.

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...