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Ally of N.Korea leader relieved of party posts-KCNA
July 16, 2012 / 2:48 AM / 5 years ago

Ally of N.Korea leader relieved of party posts-KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - A high-ranking North Korean military official who has been a close ally of the reclusive state’s new leader has been relieved of his political posts due to illness, the country’s official news media said on Monday.

North Korean army general Ri Yong-ho addresses an anti-South Korea rally in Pyongyang in this still image taken from video broadcast by North Korean state TV on March 4, 2012. REUTERS/KRT via REUTERS TV/Files

Ri Yong-ho was relieved of all his posts in the ruling Workers’ Party Korea at a politburo meeting on Sunday, including a powerful position as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, the North’s official KCNA news agency said.

It was not clear from the report whether Ri, a career military man who held the rank of vice-marshal, was relieved of his posts in the Army. Ri is 70 years old, according to South Korean government database.

Ri has been a prominent member of new leader Kim Jong-un’s circle of close political allies. Kim took power after his father Kim Jong-il died last December. (Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by John Mair)

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