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North Korea changes military minister

Kim exchanges hard-line leader for obscure one

SEOUL — North Korea has removed a hard-line general from the post of armed forces minister, filling the job with a little-known three-star general, according to official North Korean news reports Monday.

Since Kim Jong Un took over the leadership in Pyongyang in late 2011, there has been a continued reordering of top jobs in the ruling Workers’ Party and the military. Kim is using the personnel changes to tighten his grip on power, analysts said.

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