February 21, 2024

Report suggests Hwang Pyong So may have assumed new No. 2 status

Choe Ryong Hae may be relinquishing some responsibility due to poor health

Update: The Korean Central News Agency on May 1 identified Hwang Pyong So as director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army. 

Speculation has emerged among Japanese and South Korean media that Hwang Pyong So, a first vice director in the Workers’ Party of Korea, may have assumed the post of director of the Korean People’s Army General Political Bureau, rising to the nation’s de facto No. 2 status, replacing Choe Ryong Hae.