North Korea: The new power of the rising general

The Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army Pak Jong-chon will also take on the role of secretary of the WPK Central Committee, KCNA added.

The decision to appoint Pak to the powerful presidency came after he appeared to be in danger of being demoted in July, when leader Kim Jong-un criticized officials for causing a “serious crisis.” for wrongdoing in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

North Korea has so far not announced any cases and has not explained in detail about the crisis or the above error.

In recent years, Mr. Pak has been promoted to the rank of 4-star general and appeared alongside Kim at many prominent events, including a horse-riding event on the sacred mountain of Paektu (Changbai).

North Korea: The new power of the

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chairs a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 2. Photo: Reuters

According to analysts, General Pak’s promotion may be related to his role in North Korea’s short-range missile development program, which made much progress after leader Kim demanded a halt to the missile attacks. tested a long-range ballistic missile in 2018 during negotiations with the US.

Mr. Pak appears to have replaced his position in the presidium of Ri Pyong-chol, another powerful general whose role is crucial to North Korea’s ballistic missile program, according to the news agency. Yonhap.

Analysts say the personnel reshuffle in July was the most significant reshuffle involving North Korean elites in recent years. This reshuffle is seen as a warning from leader Kim that he will monitor and hold them accountable if mistakes are found.

North Korea: The new power of the

General Pak Jong-chon. Photo: KCNA

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