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Monday, 04 June 2018 - 16:53
North Korean military top brass reshuffled
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North Korea's top three military officials have been replaced ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, according to multiple reports.
 
All three appear to have been replaced by younger Kim loyalists, part of an ongoing transformation of the country's political and military establishment since the young leader took power in 2011.
 
South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed intelligence official, reported that defense chief Pak Yong Sik had been replaced by No Kwang Chol, while Ri Myong Su, chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) general staff, had been replaced by his deputy, Ri Yong Gil.
 
Army general Kim Su Gil's replacement of Kim Jong Gak as director of the KPA's general political bureau was previously referenced in North Korean state media and confirmed today by South Korea's Unification Ministry, which deals with North Korean affairs.
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