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NKorea confirms dismissal of top military general

AFP  |  Seoul 

North today confirmed the sacking of the country's Hwang Pyong So, after Southern reports said he had been fired for corruption.

The North's agency, reporting on a military parade in the previous day, introduced armed forces minister as vice marshal and director of the military's -- a post previously held by Hwang.

The is the North's most powerful military body, in charge of assigning officers to posts and keeping ideological control over its estimated 1.3 million troops.

Hwang had been dismissed following an inspection into the bureau and sent to a party school for re-education, the said earlier this week. reports said Hwang was caught taking bribes.

North Korea's military generals, high-ranking officials and even members of the ruling Kim family are subject to periodic purges under the rule of leader

The nuclear-armed North is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive, sending athletes, a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders, the ceremonial and even Kim's sister to South

But the military parade in yesterday added to critics' doubts in the South over the sudden rapprochement, which follows a series of weapons tests.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 15:50 IST