Skip to comments.Young North Korea leader pushes out father's allies as he tightens grip
Posted on 07/17/2012 12:48:39 AM PDT by Olog-hai
North Korea's young leader promoted a new army marshal after sacking his top general in what a South Korean official report said was a bid to impose authority on a military that has been the backbone of his family's long rule over the isolated state.
But analysts said the moves, just seven months since rising to power, do not suggest any fundamental change by Kim Jong-un to the policies of his grandfather and father which have left North Korea constantly on the brink of famine and ostracized by the most of the world.
One of the main beneficiaries of Vice Marshal Ri's ousting looks to be Jang Song-thaek, the young Kim's uncle who married into the ruling family and who is reckoned by many analysts as the real power behind the throne.
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