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N. Korea replaces vice minister of defense

All Headlines 15:50 May 17, 2013

SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has appointed a new vice defense minister, a report showed Friday, in what appeared to be an ongoing reshuffle of the communist country's military personnel.

Jon Chang-bok, who was promoted to colonel general in 2010, accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a field guidance trip to a food processing plant as the first vice minister of the People's Armed Forces, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in the report, monitored in Seoul.

The People's Armed Forces is the equivalent of South Korea's defense ministry. Jon is known to have served as a senior official of the ministry until April 2012.

Jon was also spotted with Kim at a May Day concert earlier this month.

The report comes only days after the North revealed the replacement of its defense minister. On Monday, the KCNA identified Jang Jong-nam, a relatively unknown field commander, as chief of the ministry.

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