September 24, 2021

Top military official confirmed out as Kim Jong Un makes key holiday appearance

State media appears to confirm that Ri Pyong Chol was removed from the top Politburo Presidium group

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his annual visit to his grandfather's mausoleum at midnight to mark the anniversary of his death, and there was a conspicuously empty space on the front row of officials next to Kim.

With top military official Ri Pyong Chol missing from the front row lineup, state media on Thursday appeared to confirm that he has indeed been removed from the Politburo Presidium, following signs of his ouster at a meeting on June 29.