On Thursday, a South Korean official confirmed that Kim Jong, the North Korean leader, had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges included.
The execution of chief of North Korean military’s general staff Ri Yong Gil is the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim came into power in late 2011.
It’s notorious and difficult for outsiders to get the details about North Korea’s opaque government. A spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea is with South Korean officials.
According to a South Korean official who remained anonymous, Ri’s execution was Kim’s effort to bolster his grip of power. Other charges against Ri were abusing of power and forming a clique. Previously, the government had leaked the details to South Korean Media.
Ri became an army general in 2013 and he has been considered to be one of the Kim’s trusted aides, this is because he frequently accompanied his inspection tours of factory and army units.
After he missed two keys national events in North Korea: The celebration of North Rocket test and a meeting of ruling senior worker’s party this week, the speculation about his fate flared.
Kim had called for a fight against authority misuse and bureaucratic that he termed as undermining. This was at the workers party meeting. Single minded unity in North Korea.
In July, Intelligent service from South Korea said that the North Korean officials that have been executed since Kim’s inauguration are 70 in number; This has exceeded the bloodshed of hid dictator father Kim Jong II in his early rule. Before Ri’s killing was reported, the killing of the armed forces minister Hon Yong Chol was the most notable. Chol was executed because of disloyalty. Jang Song Thaek, who was Kim’s powerful uncle, was also killed because of treason. This took place in the year 2013
According to some experts from outside, the young leader is still struggling to establish himself as indicated by the repeated bloody power shift in North Korea.