• N. Korea Apparently Replaces Nearly Half Of Party Vice Chairmen

Photo from a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party
Photo from a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party
North Korea has apparently replaced nearly half of the ruling party's central committee's 12 vice chairmen, including former foreign minister Ri Su-yong.

According to a list of the membership of the 70-strong committee unveiled by the North's official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday ahead of an event, Ri as well as four others, including party vice chairman Pak Kwang-ho, did not make it on the roll, indicating that they no longer retain their seats.

Earlier this month, the North announced a major party personnel reshuffle after a four-day plenary meeting of the ruling Worker's Party's Central Committee, but details were not revealed at the time.

Meanwhile, a South Korean unification ministry official said more information will be needed to confirm the results of the reshuffle.■

<Photo: Yonhap News>
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