Ri Son Gwon’s demotion teases major leadership changes at Party Congress
It’s becoming increasingly clear that major leadership changes will be finalized at the Jan. 2020 Eighth Party Congress
Less than six months after North Korea appointed its foreign minister to the highly-coveted Politburo, state media suggested that he had been demoted under mysterious circumstances.
Foreign minister Ri Son Gwon earned the title of alternate member of the Politburo in April, but was ultimately taken off that role during the 18th Politburo meeting on Sept. 29. However, this reality only became clear about a month later, when state media excluded him from the group of Politburo officials on Oct. 22.
North Korean state media is notoriously secretive about leadership developments, with demotions in particular largely going
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