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North Korea Identifies New Army Chief of Staff

July 18, 2012

North Korea identified a replacement for its army chief of staff, who was dismissed earlier this week as new leader Kim Jong Un consolidated his authority over the nation.

Hyon Yong Chol was referred to as the new chief in a report yesterday by the state-controlled Korea Central News Agency, hours after Kim was named to the top military rank of marshal.

The agency didn’t say when Hyon was appointed to the post, instead it referred to him as chief in a report about officers vowing to be faithful to Kim.

“Hyon Yong Chol, chief of the General Staff of the KPA, offered the highest glory and the warmest congratulations to the respected supreme commander in reflection of the warm respect and ardent loyalty of all the servicepersons,” the report said.

Hyon was named vice marshal two days ago, following the July 15 dismissal of Ri Yong Ho from the chief of staff post.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven McPherson at smcpherson@bloomberg.net


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