North Korea reportedly shakes up military leadership before Trump summit

North Korea reportedly shook up its military leadership ahead of the planned June 12 summit between the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump. The top three North Korean military officials were replaced. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that all three of the officials, all members of the aging Old Guard, were replaced by younger officials loyal to Kim, continuing a consolidation of power that has been ongoing since Kim took power in 2011. “All these [promoted] guys are top Kim Jong Un guys,” said Michael Madden, author of the highly respected North Korea Leadership Watch blog. “All three of them have held very sensitive and high-level positions under Kim Jong Un, they’re very loyal [to him], and all have experience interacting with foreign delegations.”

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