Another day, another purge in North Korea it seems. Surveillance photographs have seemed to miss General Hwang Pyong-so appearing alongside North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un lately, just days after he made a visit to the sacred mountain, which each of the Kim clan does whenever a blood-letting is at hand.
Reports had been circling for months that General Hwang Pyong-so was accused of taking bribes and putting his own family’s importance before that of the nation, something not to do in North Korea.
The South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo stated that: “If Hwang was indeed kicked out of the Workers’ Party, it would practically mean the end of his political career, and possibly his life, though it is unknown whether or not he is still alive."
Just last week Kim Jung-Un visited the mystical mountaintop known as Mount Paektu, which he usually does whenever one of his executions is underway.
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Newspaper JoongAng Ilbo: “Kim Jong-un is following in his father’s footsteps in visiting the mountain at times of important decisions regarding the state.”
Even more than his father, Kim Jung-Un seems to follow the yearly blood-letting ritual to the last detail, repeating it whenever anyone gets too close for his taste.
“This is another Kim Jong-Un play aimed at tightening his grip on, and taming, the military,” Mr Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, said.
“Kim is moving away from the Songun policy and reaffirming the principle that the party is always above the military.”
“The Songun policy has always been a double-edged sword and Kim is reorganizing the military that became overgrown under his father and is restoring the system of party dominance.”