August 2, 2014
KOREA - The official Korean Central News Agency says North Korea has named a new military chief.
Hyon Yong Chol was named vice marshal of the Korean People's
Army, the official news agency said early Tuesday morning.
The appointment was made by the Central Military Commission of
the Workers' Party of Korea and the National Defense Commission of
North Korea, the agency said.
He replaces Ri Yong Ho, a guardian figure who had appeared often
at the side of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea's official media reported Monday that Ri had been
dismissed from several senior posts due to illness.