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North Korea believed to have replaced military intelligence chief: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presides over a military parade on April 15, 2017. North Korean officials have sought urgent help from international contacts to increase coronavirus testing. (Yonhap News/Newscom/Zuma Press/TNS)

North Korea is believed to have replaced its military intelligence chief in December, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The South Korean news outlet reported Wednesday that Rim Kwang Il took over for Jang Kil Song as the head of the North Korean Reconnaissance General Bureau, citing an annual report published by Seoul’s Unification Ministry.

The military intelligence agency directed a March 2010 torpedo attack against a South Korean naval vessel that left 46 sailors dead.

The reason for the shakeup atop the agency wasn’t immediately clear. The flow of information out of the mysterious country is tightly restricted.

Eyes fixed on North Korea in recent weeks amid rumors that the the hermit nation’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, grew critically sick or perhaps even died. Kim reportedly resurfaced May 1.

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