lundi 16 juillet 2012

North Korea names new vice marshal...

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency reports that Army General Hyon Yong-chol has been named vice marshal of the North’s Korean People’s Army. Hyon’s appointment by the National Defense Commission and the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party comes just two days after Chief of the General Staff of Korean People's Army Ri Yong-ho was dismissed from all party posts. The state-run news agency, however, did not clarify if Hyon will succeed Ri. A South Korean Unification Ministry official said Hyon’s promotion suggests he stands a high chance of succeeding Ri, but North Korea will first have to announce Hyon as the next Chief of the General Staff. The ministry official explained that Hyon was a field army commander and promoted to a four-star general along with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in September, 2010. He was also a member of the funeral committee for former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in December last year.
(KBS World Radio, 2012-07-17)