May 07, 2021

Kim Jong Un Purges Another Top General

Kim Jong Un asserts his control over the North Korean military by replacing another top general with the commander said to be behind the sinking of the Cheonan and shelling of Yeonpyeong Island

Kim Jong Un has apparently made another major change to the military leadership, this time replacing Kim Jong Gak as the Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (who essentially acts as the North Korean Defense Minister) with Kim Kyok Sik after only seven months in office.

The apparent move, still unconfirmed by North Korean sources, comes amid reports that Kim Jong Un has conducted far-reaching “loyalty checks” on key party, government and military officials, after he labelled those without allegiance nothing more than a “stick" in a recent address to security officials.