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N. Korea's Ri Yong-gi confirmed as top military officer

All Headlines 10:58 July 27, 2018

SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's state media on Friday confirmed Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil as the chief of the military's general staff, an appointment viewed as part of yet another major shake-up of the leadership of the Korean People's Army (KPA).

He accompanied leader Kim Jong-un to a war dead cemetery on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War, which the communist nation calls "the day of victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

Kim's entourage also included Army Gen. Kim Su-gil, director of the KPA's general political bureau, and Army Gen. No Kwang-chol, who serves as the defense minister.

North Korea's Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil (L), chief of the military's general staff, walks alongside the nation's leader Kim Jong-un, in this undated file photo. (Yonhap)

There was a news report here last month, based on an unidentified intelligence source, of Ri's return to the position. But the KCNA's report represents the first official confirmation of his comeback for the outside world.

Ri was known to have assumed the post in September 2013 but was removed from it in early 2016.


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