Since Kim Jon Un replaced his father at the top of North Korea’s opaque hierarchy in December, analysts have scanned nearly every scrap of information coming out of the country for clues to the new leader’s intentions. With Monday’s announcement that the chief of North Korea’s general staff had been removed from all his posts, some analysts say one thing at least is clear: Kim Jong Un is wielding his family’s favorite tool of control — using and discarding the senior officials around him like pawns on a chess board.
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