North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has deleted a senior military official and ordered the armed forces to “gird for combat.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has deleted a senior military official and ordered the armed forces to "gird for combat."

State media said on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fired his top general as part of a shakeup of the country’s military leadership and wants his army to “gird for a battle.”


Vice Marshal Ri Yong Gil has been selected to succeed General Pak Su Il as chairman of the General Staff, as reported by the state-operated Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). General Pak Su Il was ousted from his role as chief of the General Staff.


The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Wednesday that a meeting of the Central Military Commission resulted in the dismissal, transfer, or appointment of further “high commanding commanders.” There was a lack of transparency on the details of the firings, transfers, and appointments.


The top brass of North Korea’s military rotates in and out of positions on a regular basis. In the future, it’s possible that certain military leaders may reemerge in other positions while others will completely disappear from public view.


The career of the newly appointed top general Ri, who took over the No. 2 post in the North Korean military hierarchy as recently as December 31, allegedly reflects this, according to analysts.


“Ri Yong Gil is a seasoned member of North Korea’s military elite who, before making it to the top, had ups and downs during the course of his career. During his time in the military, Ri Yong Gil has seen both successes and failures. “Seven years ago, it was even assumed that he had been assassinated after a staff reshuffle,” the Article quotes Leif-Eric Easley, an assistant professor of global studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.



Kim’s reorganization of the military may not have been intended as punishment, according to Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst in charge at the Sejong Institute, a private think tank based in Seoul. The Sejong College is conveniently situated near Seoul.


According to Cheong, who said that Kim Jong Un has a history of constantly promoting, demoting, and dismissing executives based on their capacity to carry out their tasks, it is wrong to view the removal of executives as a type of punishment. Cheong claimed that Kim Jong Un has a history of regularly promoting, demoting, and dismissing executives depending on their capacity to fulfill their duties.



According to Easley, the leader of North Korea may just be striving to ensure that no one under him attains a position of more influence than he does.


“Kim Jong Un routinely rotates leadership jobs below him to avoid the rise in North Korea of someone like [Wagner Group founder] Yevgeny Prigozhin,” said Easley. “This is to prevent the emergence of anyone like [Wagner Group founder] Yevgeny Prigozhin.” “After accumulating personal control over financial assets and allegiance among military personnel, Yevgeny Prigozhin challenged the authority of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation,” “Kim Jong Un often moves subordinates up and down the chain of command,”


“A perilous situation on the military front”

The reorganization of the military leadership was not discussed until the very end of the KCNA article. The focus of the article was primarily on what it referred to as the “essential subject of making the army more completely gird for a war considering the severe political and military scenario existing in the Korean Peninsula at the present time.”


At no time does the report mention South Korea or its most significant ally, the United States. On the other hand, it seemed to make a veiled allusion to them when it declared that the meeting “analyzed the military maneuvers of the principal culprits of the deteriorating situation” on the peninsula.


“Making complete war preparations,” as stated in the report from the KCNA, was the most essential item on the agenda for the summit.


“The current situation, in which the hostile forces are getting ever more undisguised in their reckless military confrontation with the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], requires the latter’s army to have more positive, proactive, and overwhelming will and thoroughgoing and perfect military readiness for a war,” it said. “The hostile forces are getting ever more undisguised in their reckless military confrontation with the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].” As they continue their reckless military conflict with the DPRK, the hostile forces are revealing more and more of their true identities.


This summer, North Korea has ramped up the intensity of its military rhetoric, including threats to shoot down US spy planes and threats to respond against the port visit of a US nuclear-capable ballistic missile submarine to South Korea for the first time in four decades. This will be the first time a nuclear-capable ballistic missile submarine from the United States will visit South Korea.


Pyongyang has also shown its technology breakthroughs in the area of ballistic missiles by conducting a test of what it says was a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a flight time that suggests it may have the capacity to reach the United States mainland. Moreover, Pyongyang has demonstrated its technological advancements in the field of nuclear weapons.


Last month, North Korea had a parade that they called their “Victory Day,” and during that parade, they displayed a wide variety of weaponry, including this one. A celebration of the armistice that brought an end to the combat in the Korean War seventy years ago was the purpose of the event. Because the two Koreas have never signed a formal peace treaty with one other, it is safe to say that they are legally still at war with one another.


At a meeting that took place in Pyongyang on Wednesday, Kim gave orders for military drills that would include the use of the most up-to-date weapons that the country has built.


The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said last week that Kim had visited armaments and munitions plants late in the week before, issuing “important orders” about “capacity-building for the serial manufacturing of new ammunition.”



Despite the escalating tension that has been building up on the peninsula, South Korea has announced that it will conduct a nationwide civil defense exercise on August 23, this month.


The bulk of the country’s 51 million residents will practice escaping to bunkers or underground safe locations during the simulation, which Seoul alleges is a retaliation to “provocations” from Pyongyang. The drill will last for twenty minutes.



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