Ri Byung-chol, who was a former air force commander and rose to the highest position in the party and military, was reported to have removed his military uniform and was relegated to the party’s munitions industry. It seems that he is maintaining his party status, but it is said that there is a saying inside that he is ‘deprived of the string’.
A North Korean military source told Daily NK on the 21st, “Ri Byung-chol has been completely excluded from the military and is no longer a soldier. It is said that there will be,” he said.
Ri Byung-chul has emerged as a key figure in the Kim Jong-un regime. In the early days of Chairman Kim’s reign, as an Air Force commander, he frequently showed his face to the supreme leader’s air force unit inspections, and was promoted to the party’s first vice-general in 2014.
He rose to key positions such as a standing member of the Politburo of the Party Central Committee, secretary of the Party Central Committee, and vice-chairman of the Party Central Military Commission, and was unusually skipped and received the title of Marshal, the highest rank in the military. He was sacked at the expanded meeting.
In this regard, the National Intelligence Service recently reported to the National Assembly that Ri Byung-chol was eliminated from the Politburo Standing Committee and that he appears to have been demoted to the party’s munitions industry director. In fact, even in the photo of party, government, and military personnel visiting the Geumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 8th to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung, Ri Byung-chul was pushed back to the third row where the party candidates were standing.
At that time, the observation that Ri Byung-chol was in charge of the party’s munitions industry director was gaining strength in that he was between Park Tae-duk, director of the Party’s discipline investigation department, and Ri Cheol-man, director of the party’s agriculture department. there,” he asserted.
The source said, “Even if he went to the military industry department once, it would not be easy to survive in the military industry department, which is a group of basic scientists, researchers, and engineers, without the trust of the commander. Words are coming out.”
On the other hand, it is known that Park Jeong-cheon, who was sacked along with Ri Byung-cheol, was only demoted from Marshal to Secondary, but maintained the position of Chief of the General Staff.
In addition, Kim Jung-kwan, who was presumed to have been dismissed from the Ministry of National Defense, was forced to resign due to an injury to the Ministry of Defense, the source said. It is explained that the Ministry of National Defense should have all of the rear materials and reserve finances in wartime and peacetime, but as a crucial flaw was discovered here, Kim Jong-kwan was jointly responsible.
The source said, “In addition to the trend of fake reports, statistical manipulation, position keeping, and enveloping each other, the Ministry of National Defense has a warlord bureaucracy that does not forget the Songun era and thinks like an unmanned person, but the Minister of National Defense, who is in charge of the agency, properly discerns it,” the source said. “I was fired after being criticized for not being able to do it or inflict a strong blow,” he said.
Accordingly, the source added that Ri Young-gil was appointed as the Minister of National Defense and Kim Jeong-ho, respectively, as the Social Safety Award, which Ri Young-gil was in charge of.
Regarding the background of Ri Young-gil’s return to the military, he said, “There was a saying (Chairman Kim’s) that Lee Young-gil’s business style and discipline, which swept the General Staff with a sword-like discipline, were more necessary than ever. Eun-ha has a reputation for being a military official with a strong revolutionary temperament and guts, with no flattery or flattery.”
Regarding Kim Jeong-ho, he said, “The party sees safety as the right person to lead the safety so that it does not deteriorate further. He was promoted from the executive business because he achieved results in various projects such as protecting the camp.”
In the midst of this, inside the North Korean military, there is a saying in the current North Korean military about the demotion or demotion of the highest-ranking officers in the military, “It shows that even the generals and considerate people of yesterday are not capable and can become a loser today if they do not properly implement the Party’s policies.” is reported to be coming out.
The source said, “The military sees this as the beginning of a preemptive project to thoroughly root out the remnants of the old ideology that puts the army on top of the party and realize the unified Korean Labor Party and ideology. Because I know that I can’t do anything without it, there are reactions that it doesn’t matter because even if I stiffen it for a moment, I will never be able to exclude the military.”
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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