While the American media is busy playing Where’s Melania and the POTUS has them chasing their tails over strategically timed tweets, the Establishment Media has given very little coverage to quite the seismic shift that’s just taken place in North Korea.
As jointly reported by John Walcott and Josh Smith of the London-based Reuters news service, published via Business Live of Johannesburg, South Africa, Dear Respected Comrade has dumped three of his most senior generals;
North Korea’s top three military officials have been removed from their posts, a senior US official said on Sunday.
Kim Jong-un is preparing for a high-stakes summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, the first such meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president.
The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was commenting on a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency that all three of the North’s top military officials were believed to have been replaced.
While the names of those both canned and installed are unfamiliar with most Americans, the positions they held are self-evident in their importance;
Citing an unidentified intelligence official, Yonhap said No Kwang-chol, first vice-minister of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, had replaced Pak Yong-sik as defence chief, while Ri Myong-su was replaced by his deputy, Ri Yong-gil.
North Korean state media previously confirmed that Army General Kim Su-gil had replaced Kim Jong-gak as director of the KPA’s (Korean People’s Army) General Political Bureau.
Walcott and Smith note that Kim’s removal and replacement of his top Flag Officers may have more to do with economics other than a much reported possibility of a military overthrow;
The move could support efforts by the North’s young leader to jump-start economic development and engage with the world, analysts said.
There’s been speculation a-plenty that Lil’ Kim is sweating-out a military takeover when he meets with President Trump in Singapore;
Kim is apparently concerned that the trip to Singapore may leave his government vulnerable to a military coup or that other hostile actors might try to depose him, sources told The [Washington] Post. The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea since the country’s inception following the armistice in 1953.
Rumors of a simmering military revolt in North Korea are precisely the kind of thing that emboldened Kim to keep a tight grip on power over the years, according to some experts.