March 20, 2023

North Korea appoints new air force commander

Choe Yong Ho replaces Ri Pyong Chol after more than six years as KPA’s top air force officer

North Korea has appointed a new officer, Choe Yong Ho, as commander of the Korean People’s Army Air and Anti-Air Force, a Rodong Sinmun report revealed Monday.

Choe, a lieutenant general, replaced General Ri Pyong Chol as the leading officer of the air and air defense component of Pyongyang’s military. Ri had held the post for six years, since April 2008, making this the first change in air force commanders since Kim Jong Un became Supreme Leader in December 2011.