Kim Jong-Un ‘obliterated’ officer, purges others to escape his father’s shadow

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By Lee Jong-Heon,

SEOUL — Several additional senior North Korean officials favored by the country’s late leader Kim Jong-Il have been recently dismissed from their posts by new ruler Kim Jong-Un, who is cementing his own power base, officials and sources in Seoul say.

Gen. Kim Yong-Chol, in circle, head of North Korea’s General Reconnaissance Bureau, pays respects to the Kim Jong-Il on Nov. 24, 2011. /KCNA

Among those sacked in October are Minister of Physical Culture and Sports Pak Myong-Chol, Agricultural Minister Ri Kyong-Sik, and Minister for the Electronics Industry Han Gwang-Bok. …

Ryu Kyong, a deputy director of the State Security Department, was executed in January 2011 on charges of espionage, while Kim Chol, a senior defense official, was executed in January of this year on charges of drinking and engaging in other entertainment during the country’s mourning period for the late leader.

The major daily Chosun Ilbo reported that Kim Chol was “obliterated” by an artillery shell.

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