N. Korea’s former number-two, Hwang Pyong-so, sent for ‘ideological education’

국정원 “총정치국장직 황병서 해임… 풍계리 3번 갱도 언제든 핵실험 가능”
And inside North Korea,… indicators of potential shift inside its energy construction.
South Korea’s intelligence company says Hwang Pyong-so , the top of the navy’s Basic Political Bureau,… could now not be the regime’s second strongest man.
Oh Jung-hee with extra.
The person who had been thought of the second strongest individual in North Korea… seems to be so now not.
South Korea’s Nationwide Intelligence Service stated Monday at a parliamentary briefing… that Hwang Pyong-so, who was the director of Basic Political Bureau inside the North Korean military,… has been dismissed — and is now receiving so-called ideological schooling.
The put up is now occupied by Kim Jong-gak — former Vice Minister of the Individuals’s Armed Forces.
In response to the NIS,… a number of extra others within the bureau together with its vice chief… have additionally been dismissed or purged.

This… after the North’s ruling Staff’ Social gathering of Korea held a uncommon inspection of the Bureau… for 3 months beginning final October,… citing what it known as the Bureau’s “impure angle.”
The inspection was the primary of its type in 20 years.
Consultants consider Hwang Pyong-so had been in an influence wrestle with Choe Ryong-hae,… the vice chairman of the ruling social gathering’s central committee.

“Having Hwang ‘re-educated’ on the social gathering’s ideology and making him write self-reflections cannot actually be seen as purging him. There is a excessive risk he may very well be put again in energy. I might say that Hwang was quickly pushed away in his combat for energy with Choe.”

The regime’s chief Kim Jong-un has not engaged in any navy actions but this 12 months.
His six public appearances up to now — half the quantity at this level final 12 months — had been targeted on visits to personal services.
However the South Korean intelligence company famous… that out of a number of underground tunnels on the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear take a look at web site,… Tunnel three is all the time prepared for a nuclear take a look at.
The company can be conserving an in depth eye on the February eighth navy parade… because it may reveal all kinds of its missiles.

In response to the NIS, the regime noticed the biggest commerce deficit in its historical past in 2017… of virtually 2 billion U.S. on account of UN sanctions.
It stole tens of hundreds of thousands of greenback value digital foreign money by hacking South Korea’s cryptocurrency exchanges… and launched cyber assaults in opposition to Seoul’s safety companies, protection corporations and anti-Pyongyang organizations.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang Information.

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