Was there a major shakeup of top officials at North Korea’s politburo meeting?
Empty seats, voting abstentions may indicate demotions among Kim Jong Un’s top military and other officials
Hundreds of officials attended North Korea’s politburo meeting on Tuesday, which ran well into the night. According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim Jong Un began the meeting by pointing to the negligence of senior officials in implementing party decisions on the “prolonged state emergency epidemic prevention campaign.” This had led to a “grave incident” with “severe consequences,” the leader added, sharply criticizing the irresponsibility and incompetence of his officials.
State media did not reveal any details on the “grave incident.” Nor was the gathering labeled an “emergency meeting” as in July 2020, at which
- 01Why North Korea is the ultimate sucker bet for would-be investors
- 02Timeline: From South Korean nukes to North Korean lockdown
- 03State media review: North Korea orders young ‘volunteers’ to construction sites
- 04Sprawling worker camp appears near North Korea’s military nerve center
- 05Vast new trove of North Korean laws shines light on developments in country
- 06What’s left of the foreign community in Pyongyang, three years into pandemic
- 07Pyongyang streets empty but civilians still training for military parade: Images
- 08Why North Korean state media remains silent about the Pyongyang lockdown