Ri Yong-gil, N. Korea’s military chief executed on corruption charges

According to the South Korean news Agency, « the chief of North Korea’s military was executed this month on corruption and other charges, a source familiar with North Korean affairs said Wednesday. Army Gen. Ri Yong-gil, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army, also faced charges of pursuing personal gains. » His predecessors (Kim Kyok-sik, Hyon Yong-chol) were probably also executed.

I consider that he may have defect to a foreign country as did former executives of the North Korean Army. Some of them are based in the US. Ri Yong-gil was the chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Armywas the since september 2013. 

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Ri Myong-su (not circled) and Zhou Yongkang, the former Chinese politician responsible for North Korean Affairs.

Ri Yong-gil was probably replaced by Ri Yong-mu, an advisor to Kim Jong-il on military affairs and a former Director of the KPA General Staff Operations Bureau. I already predicted in the past, that Ri Myong-su will continue to maintain a high position in the North Korean leadership. According to a North Korean Source, Ri Myong-su used to be a military mentor of Kim Jong-un and Kim Yo-jong.

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Nicolas Levi

Analyst on North Korean issues

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