North Korea’s Kim Jong Un fires top general, orders military to prepare for war


Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, has fired his top general and ordered his army to be prepared for war, as reported by state media.

Gen. Pak Su Il, a North Korean politician and military officer of the Korean People’s Army, was dismissed as chief of the General Staff. Vice Marshal Ri Yong Gil, a North Korean military officer and a vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea, was appointed as the new chief of the General Staff.

According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), various other officials were also fired, transferred or appointed. 

Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea, also held a meeting with various North Korean leaders of the Central Military Commission on Wednesday.

According to KCNA, the North Korean leader discussed plans for countermeasures to deter North Korea’s enemies. He called on the military for more preparations for the possibility of war. He also called for the expansion of weapons production capacity. 

Last month, North Korea reportedly accused a surveillance plane by the United States of violating its airspace. A North Korean official also called the deployment of US strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula as “the most undisguised nuclear blackmail.” He also went on to condemn the U.S. 

In recent months, the US and South Korea have formed an alliance against North Korea. The two countries have repeatedly slammed North Korea for conducting missile launches.

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In July, North Korea tested a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which has the ability to strike the US mainland. It was shown at North Korea’s “Victory Day” parade last month. North Korea also boosted its military rhetoric this summer.

Earlier this month, South Korea announced that it would hold a civil defense drill on August 23. 

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