Why has North Korea’s WMD chief disappeared from view?

"When a senior official goes missing, Pyongyang watchers sometimes assume that the official has been purged"
August 8th, 2013
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Pak To Chun, North Korea’s chief operating officer of its conventional and advanced weapons programs, has not made any reported or observed public appearances since early May.

Pak accompanied Kim Jong Un to a sports competition between public health workers on or around May 1, then slipped from the state media’s radar.

However, Pak’s absence

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Michael Madden

Michael Madden is an NK News Pro leadership specialist and the sole author and editor of the website NK Leadership Watch.

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