North Korea expels inter-Korean policy head from politburo in sign of infighting
Ri Son Gwon’s demotion points to disagreements over policy toward Seoul, while purged officials return to top positions
North Korea’s parliament met for another two-day session from Sept. 26 to approve new laws, revise the country’s constitution and rename its space agency.
The officially announced reshuffle of five ministers was rather low key, but seating arrangements on the podium did confirm that Ri Son Gwon, head of the United Front Department overseeing inter-Korean affairs, had been expelled from the politburo for the second time in recent years, in a possible sign of factional infighting over what role he should play and the direction of policy toward Seoul.
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