North Korea leader may have replaced army chief: Analysts
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un appears to have replaced his hawkish, aging army chief in what analysts suggested on Friday was a further bid to tighten control over the military.
Gen Kim Kyok Sik, 75, is believed to have been replaced as chief of the army's general staff by Ri Yong Gil who, until now, has headed the army's general staff operations department.
The North on Sunday held a meeting of the powerful central military commission where personnel changes were made, state media reported.
Then on Wednesday, in a report on top-ranking officials attending a football match in Pyongyang, the official Rodong Sinmun daily named Gen Ri ahead of Jang Jong Nam, the defence minister, while Gen Kim Kyok Sik was not mentioned at all.