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Seoul: North Korean leader Kim demotes top official

Seoul spy agency says North Korean leader Kim demotes top official, sends him to rural farm

Seoul: North Korean leader Kim demotes top official

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Seoul's spy agency says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have demoted one of his top associates and sent him to a rural collective farm.

If confirmed, the demotion of Choe Ryong Hae will be the latest in a series of executions, purges and dismissals that Kim has orchestrated in what analysts say is a further strengthening of his grip on power since taking over in 2011.

Lawmaker Shin Kyung-min says the National Intelligence Service gave the information during a parliamentary committee meeting Tuesday.

Shin cites the NIS as saying it has intelligence that Choe's demotion was related to the alleged collapse of a water tunnel at a power station.

Choe was once considered to be the North's No. 2 powerful official.


Updated : 2021-09-22 19:33 GMT+08:00