» 07/16/2012, 00.00
Army chief removed in Pyongyang
Gen Ri Yong-ho leaves office "because of illness". Viewed as a key ally of Kim Jong-un, he helped the new dictator during the power transition in December. A successor has not yet been named.
17/07/2012 NORTH KOREA
Obscure general becomes North Korea's new chief of general staff
Kim Jong-un replaces Ri Yong-ho with Hyon Yong-chol. Unknown to most, the new chief is promoted to the rank of vice marshal even though he became a general only in September 2010 along with North Korea's current dictator who continues to consolidate his power.
31/05/2016 09:11:00 KOREA
Failed launch in Pyongyang missile test
South Korean military: "Ready for any eventuality." Uncertainty over type of technology used. The new vice president of the North Korean Workers' Party arrives in China for a visit, "official but not announced".
28/09/2010 NORTH KOREA
Third Kim raised to the rank of general, mystery over the succession continues
The conference of the Workers' Party of Korea re-elects ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il as general secretary, accepts the appointment of his youngest son as a four-star general. No word has been said yet about Kim Jong-un’s official appointment as successor.
18/08/2016 16:49:00 KOREA
One of Kim Il-sung’s “grandchildren” asks for political asylum in South Korea
Thae Yong-ho was number two at the North Korean embassy in London. Now he is in Seoul. It is unclear whether he will remain in the peninsula or move to a "third country". He is the highest-ranking political refugee to have abandoned the regime in Pyongyang. He and his wife are from elite North Korean political families. The diplomat’s father was General Thae, a hero in the war against the Japanese.
For a North Korean dissident, Pyongyang sank the Cheonan
A South Korean activist says he got the information from a North Korean officer. South Korean authorities have not confirmed the information. In a tearful speech, President Lee tells the nation that he will find out what happened.
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