October 25, 2010 10:33
Just six months after assuming his post North Korea's ambassador to China Choe Pyong-gwan will be replaced with Ji Jae-ryong, a senior member of the North's ruling Workers' Party.
According to diplomatic sources, Choe made farewell visits to Chinese foreign ministry officials and other North Korean diplomats in Beijing before leaving for Pyongyang on Saturday.
The move is drawing much attention as the North’s previous ambassador to China kept his post for more than 10 years.
Observers say although the exact reasons behind the reshuffle are unclear, one possible explanation could be that Choe is being reprimanded for the slump in diplomatic activity between the two countries since he took the post in April.
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