At the plenary meeting of the North Korean People’s Army Party Committee held earlier this month, it was reported that the Director General of the Ministry of National Defense (Major), the Director of Military Mobilization (Major General), and the Director of the Aquaculture Bureau (President) were dismissed. When the shortage of military supplies became a problem in relation to the execution of the ‘special order’ by Chairman Kim Jong-un, it is interpreted that the officers responsible for the rear and aquaculture departments directly related to this were fired.
A North Korean military source told Daily NK on the 14th, “After the expansion of the Politburo, from the 5th to the 9th of this month, a plenary meeting of the People’s Army Party was held in which the corps commanders, political members, and rear commanders all participated. All those in charge are gone,” he said.
Earlier, at the third plenary session of the 8th Central Committee of the Party held in the middle of last month, Chairman Kim issued a “special order” that he personally signed, citing food shortages. The specifics of the special order were not disclosed, but it is known that it contained instructions to normalize food supply to stabilize the people’s livelihood.
In response, the authorities first tried to solve the urgent problem by releasing the military rations, but in the process, it was revealed that the military rear warehouse was empty, and it is said that the military was severely criticized for not storing and managing rear materials, and furthermore, for not preparing for war.
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According to the source, the military has been able to secure food by so-called ‘reversal’ because it has temporarily released military and ryangmi to specific regions or institutions. However, this time, as military and ryangmi were released simultaneously at the national level, it was revealed that there was not enough food in the rear warehouse of the military, and this was reported to the top level, causing a considerable aftermath.
In fact, at the expanded meeting of the Politburo at the end of last month, Chairman Kim said, “If a war breaks out at 12 o’clock tonight, what will you do? Wouldn’t it mean that the People’s Army couldn’t fight a war if there was no rice? “I am afraid and horrified at how far my comrades will deceive the party,” the source said.
Then, at the plenary meeting of the People’s Army Party held earlier this month following the expansion of the Politburo, a decision was made to dismiss three people in charge of the rear and aquaculture sectors: the director of the Ministry of National Defense, the director of military mobilization, and the director of aquaculture. It is said that he went down to the province.
However, the source said, “Going to a rural area does not necessarily mean that you were deported.” “You have to serve 35 years as a military officer in Pyongyang to automatically get the right to reside in Pyongyang. I went,” he explained.
In the midst of this, the director of the Ministry of National Defense’s rear command was appointed to replace the director-general of the rear, and the director of the military mobilization and aquaculture bureaus were replaced by a member of the Party Military Suspension leadership and the commander of the rear command of the 2nd corps, the source added.
Meanwhile, the source said, “Comrades Cho Yong-won (Party organizing secretary) and Kwon Young-jin (General Political Bureau director) also received verbal warnings saying that they could not be freed from responsibility for failing to properly guide the party to the military.”
He said, “It was revealed that the front-line corps lacked the most rice, but the people who were in the rear corps were put on the front-line corps, so I didn’t know the situation, so I came to the conclusion that they had to eat and share everything from below. “In the end, it spread to the problem of doing the military cadre work wrong, and the two of them were also criticized,” he said.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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