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North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, dismisses his No. 2 in country’s military 

Pak Jong Chon, the second-most powerful military figure in North Korea after supreme leader Kim Jong Un, was reportedly sacked, according to state media.

By wasmulhaq 
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Pyongyang: Pak Jong Chon, the second-most powerful military figure in North Korea after supreme leader Kim Jong Un, was reportedly sacked, according to state media. At the Central Military Commission’s annual meeting last week, Ri Yong Gil took over for Pak, who served as secretary of the party’s Central Committee and vice chairman of the commission, the official KCNA news agency said on Sunday.

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The change was not explained. Pyongyang frequently changes the composition of its leadership, and announcements of important policy changes are frequently made at the year-end party assembly.

The official KCNA news agency released photos of Kim’s visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the remains of his parents, grandfather, and father were lying, but Pak Jong Chon did not appear on Monday. Pak accompanied Kim when they toured the palace in October to mark a party anniversary.

Kim Jong Un is the head of the Central Military Commission, the country’s most powerful military body, above the ministry of defense.

Pak is being dismissed at a time when Kim announced his plans to develop new intercontinental ballistic missiles and a larger nuclear arsenal to take on the challenge of the United States and South Korea. This is the key to the isolated country’s 2023 defence strategy.

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Pak ascended the military ranks from one-star artillery commander in 2015 to four-star general in 2020, claiming credit for contributing to advancements in the country’s short-range missile technology.

Ri, the successor of Pak, is also a senior military commander who held key positions, including chief of the army’s general staff and defence minister.

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