Top North Korean Official Dismissed Because of ‘Illness’

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After a "rare meeting" on Sunday, North Korean senior army general Ri Yong Ho was relieved of his many duties within the regime, including as chief of the General Staff of the North’s People’s Army, because of "illness." The Times reports that 69-year-old Vice-Marshal Ri became Kim Jong-un's mentor in 2009 and, to this point, had been a prominent figure in the power transition after Kim Jong-il's death. Seeing as how Kim Jong-un has another mentor these days, perhaps we've just witnessed the influence of the "Excellent Horse-Like Lady" lady.