Kim, Jung-un (North Korean "Leader") Kinda Looking Over His Shoulder
General Hwang, Pyong-so
(Apparently Now in Charge)
This story just broke (
October 5, 2014) and is getting wide attention based on
the contents of the piece here:
Highlights from the article: Out of sight for a month, young Kim, Jung-Un is supposedly ill. But rumors are swirling he’s been deposed — and
Korea’s second most powerful man now feels
confident enough to travel South.
Hwang Pyong-So must be feeling pretty good about himself right now. At the latest Supreme People’s Assembly meeting, he was made vice chairman of the National Defense Commission. This was after his promotion to director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army, making him the top political officer in the military. In a country where there is supposed to be no #2 official, he is called the second-most powerful figure.
Now he has crossed the border into South Korea on a one-day, short-notice trip, triggering hopes of reconciliation between the arch-rival republics — and heightening speculation about the fate of Kim Jong-Un, North Korea’s young "leader" who has not been seen in public since September 3.
Who is General Hwang? His short bio is here.