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N. Korea replaces chief of Kim Il-sung University: state media

All News 21:35 June 20, 2021

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has replaced the president of Kim Il-sung University, who doubles as minister of higher education, a state broadcaster reported Sunday.

An official named Kim Sung-chan was appointed to the post last week during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, according to Korean Central Television.

The move represents the dismissal and appointment of senior officials of the state organ, it added.

Just five months earlier, North Korea picked Ri Guk-chol as the president of the communist nation's top university in a Cabinet reshuffle.

The broadcaster did not specify the background of the replacement.

It may be linked with the university's recent announcement via its website that it has forged cooperative ties with dozens of foreign universities, including those in Germany. But they denied the establishment of such a relationship with the North Korean university.

North Korea holds the third plenary meeting of the eighth Central Committee of North Korea's Workers' Party in this photo provided by the Korean Central News Agency on June 18, 2021. The session was held from June 15-18. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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