North Korea made a big political change by demoting its state security minister
The demotion of Jong Kyong Thaek points to even larger internal changes within DPRK leadership
On Sept. 30, North Korean state media published footage of a Politburo meeting that clearly showed minister of state security Jong Kyong Thaek with the rank of three-star general. This apparent demotion immediately created buzz among South Korean media organizations.
The minister of state security had only been promoted from three-star to four-star general on May 23, which made this demotion especially notable.
The same order by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also had promoted Pak Jong Chon to vice-marshal, the first promotion to this position for years. Pak and Jong were the only persons promoted
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