January 26, 2022

Rising stars: North Korea promotes two high-profile military officials

Pak Jong Chon and Ri Pyong Chol, now Vice Marshal and CMC vice-chairman, are frequently seen by Kim Jong Un's side

Two top North Korean officials often described as rising stars and frequently seen by leader Kim Jong Un’s side at high-profile military events were promoted at Saturday’s Central Military Commission (CMC) meeting, the country's state media reported Sunday.

Army General Pak Jong Chon was promoted to the rank of Vice Marshal by order of Kim Jong Un himself, the first official to be granted that title since 2016.