N. Korea’s military chief executed on corruption charges, say sources

(From Yonhap)

The chief of North Korea’s military was executed this month on corruption and other charges, sources familiar with North Korean affairs said Wednesday.

Executed marked in cricle

Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil (front right)

Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army, also faced charges of pursuing personal gains, the sources said.

According to one source, Ri was executed last week around the time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a joint meeting of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party and the military.

Ri, who was appointed to the post in 2013, had won Kim’s favor and accompanied him on various inspection trips to military exercises and the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, the equivalent of the South’s Defense Ministry, until January.

However, he was absent from the joint meeting of the party and the military as well as from events in Pyongyang that celebrated the successful launch of a satellite on Sunday.

In listing the leaders present at the celebrations, the North’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper did not mention Ri and instead listed Gen. Ri Myong-su in his place.

It is hard to verify the report coming out of the isolated nation, but General Ri fell out of favour with Kim since since 2014. Read More

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