orth Korea announced Monday that it had dismissed its military leader, General Ri Yong Ho, who had controlled a 1.2 million-member army. In its brief statement, the government said Ri, 69, was being relieved of his duties because of an illness. Analysts cast doubt on that reasoning, and speculation has arisen about whether Ri and Kim Jong Un (pictured) were at odds with one another, or whether Ri had been found to be plotting a coup. Analysts note that Ri's removal was ordered after a rare Sunday meeting, and that Ri had made several appearances this month looking healthy. The move marks the highest-profile leadership change since Kim came to power last December.
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