Kim shores up position by replacing three top generals

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (pictured) is scheduled to hold denuclearisation talks with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (pictured) is scheduled to hold denuclearisation talks with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.PHOTO: AFP

Analysts say move may be to secure regime in his absence, pave way for denuclearisation

North Korea has replaced three of its top military officials with loyalists to leader Kim Jong Un, days before he is scheduled to hold denuclearisation talks with the United States.

South Korean media, citing intelligence sources, reported the surprise reshuffle. Some analysts said the move was aimed at suppressing any possible military dissent and securing the regime in Mr Kim's absence, while at the same time paving the way for possible changes ahead as the North shifts gear from nuclear to economic development.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Kim shores up position by replacing three top generals'. Print Edition | Subscribe