Senior N.Korean General Reinstated

  • By Kim Myong-song

    July 02, 2018 13:00

    North Korean general Hwang Pyong-so, who is believed to have been sacked last year, appears to have been reinstated.

    North Korea's state media reported Saturday that leader Kim Jong-un visited border regions with China and Hwang accompanied him.

    Hwang's whereabouts had been unknown since October last year. Hwang seems to have been sent to re-education at the Kim Il-sung Advanced Party School. 

    Hwang Pyong-so (in circle) accompanies North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) on a visit to the provinces in this screen grab from [North] Korean Central TV.

    According to intelligence officials, Hwang was sacked in a power struggle led by Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, who appeared to be Kim's second-in-command until a recent flurry of international diplomacy sidelined him.

    Hwang in turn had been responsible for Choe's sacking back in May 2014, which apparently prompted Choe to seek revenge. His reinstatement suggests a divide-and-rule strategy by Kim to keep Choe in check and deny any one military dinosaur too much power.

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