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Kim overhauls top military brass ahead of summit

Jun 04, 2018, 8:00 AM EDT
N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un might use the summit as an opportunity to “get rid of internal hardliners.”
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North Korea has sacked its top three military officials in a move that hints Kim Jong-un’s intention to weed out any dissidents ahead of his planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Amid reports of some dissensions within the Korean army over Kim’s overtures to the South and the U.S., the shakeup is aimed at bringing officials that are loyal to the leader and would tighten his control over the Korean People’s Army (KPA), writes Reuters.

Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. diplomat, says Kim might use the summit as an opportunity to “get rid of internal hardliners” and to surround himself with his confidantes, notes The Guardian.

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