North Korea removes leader Kim's right-hand man

North Korea removes leader Kim
# 24 April 2019 13:59 (UTC +04:00)

North Korea has removed Kim Yong Chol, leader Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s counterpart, from a top post, ONA reports referring to Yonhap news agency.

Kim Yong Chol has been the head of the United Front Department, the North Korean Workers’ Party apparatus that handles ties with South Korea and increasingly with the United States.

His absence in leader Kim's entourage that arrived in Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok later in the day for a summit with President Vladimir Putin raised speculation over his possible replacement.

It is the first time that he has not accompanied the leader on an overseas trip.