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    Feb 22, 2016

    N. Korea has new military chief: Media


    NORTH Korean state media yesterday confirmed that the country has a new military chief, following earlier reports in Seoul that the former holder of the post had been executed.

    Ri Myong Su, former People's Security Minister, was referred to as "chief of the Korean People's Army General Staff" when the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on an army exercise guided by leader Kim Jong Un.

    Mr Ri was again mentioned in a separate KCNA report on Mr Kim's inspection of an air-force exercise.

    His predecessor Ri Yong Gil was reportedly executed early this month in what would be the latest in a series of purges and executions of top officials.

    The latter was accused of forming a political faction and corruption, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing a source familiar with North Korean affairs.