High Ranking North Korean military chief abruptly demoted

Richard Parker, May 7, 2014, 10:52 a.m.


Choe Ryong-hae, North Korea’s former military politburo chief was abruptly demoted to Workers Party secretary as he was quickly removed from his position as the second-most powerful figure in the Northern army.  KCNA news reported that Kim Jong-un described Choe as the ‘party secretary’ during a showing at a youth camp in Wonsan, Kangwon Province. 

One source reported Kim Jong-un has become increasingly nervous since the purge of the former eminence Jang Song-taek and as a result, demoted Choe for fear of increasing power and influence.  Choe got a much better deal as we was only demoted than being executed.  Thoughts and rumors speculate Kim Jong-un’s decision was based on Choe’s father fighting alongside Kim’s father against imperial Japan. 

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