This could be a sign that a big change in North Korean policy is coming, or it could be grandstanding for the world stage. We will have to all wait until at least June 12th to find out.
North Korea has replaced its top three military officials with younger loyalists of strongman Kim Jong Un — just days ahead of his historic summit with President Donald Trump, according to reports.
No Kwang Chol, first vice minister of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, took over for defense chief Pak Yong Sik, while Ri Myong Su, head of the army’s general staff, was replaced by Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
The North’s state media previously confirmed that army Gen. Kim Su Gil had replaced Kim Jong Gak as director of the Korean People’s Army General Political Bureau, according to Reuters.
Kim’s motivation to reshuffle his upper ranks was unclear, but analysts said the shakeup allows him and the ruling party to tighten control over the KPA at a crucial time of domestic and international developments.