North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly dismissed the Chief of the General Staff, Park Su-il - as reported today (Thursday) in the local media. It is also stated that the new Chief of the North Korean Army will be Ri Yong-gil, who previously served as Kim's deputy and has previously held the position of Minister of Defense.
According to reports, Kim announced the dismissal of Su-Il in a meeting of the Central Military Committee, without specifying the reason for his removal. Su-Il served as Chief of the General Staff for only 7 months, replacing Pak Jong-chon who was himself removed from the position last January.
It was further reported that during the discussion, Kim directed senior military officials to enhance readiness for a possible war against the "enemy of Pyongyang." It appears that Kim was likely referring to South Korea, which is set to conduct joint military exercises with the United States at the end of the month. This has raised significant concerns within Kim's regime.
Among other things, the generals were requested to increase weapon production in the country and expand military exercises within the country, utilizing the new weaponry at the army's disposal. Additionally, the members of the military committee also discussed preparations for the upcoming military parade scheduled for September, commemorating North Korea's 75th Independence Day.