Kim Replaces North Korea’s No. 2 Military Official
Pak Jong Chon was the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party and the country' second most powerful military leader after Kim.
View Source | January 2, 2023 7:16 pm
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- Pak was also a secretary of the party’s Central Committee
- He was replaced by Ri Yong Gil at the committee’s annual meeting last week, the official KCNA news agency said Sunday.
- No reason for the change was given, but Pak’s replacement comes as Kim calls for developing new intercontinental ballistic missiles and a larger nuclear arsenal to counter the U.S. and South Korea as key to his country’s 2023 defense strategy.
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