Speculation of New North Korean Leadership

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“North Korea’s National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Hwang Pyong So, second right, and North Korea’s ruling Workers Party Secretaries, Choe Ryong Hae, right, and Kim Yang Gon, third right, listen to the address by Kim Kwan-jin, second left, national security adviser to South Korean President Park Geun-hye, during a luncheon meeting with South Korean officials at a hotel in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. North Korea’s presumptive No. 2 led members of Pyongyang’s inner circle on a rare trip Saturday to South Korea for the close of the Asian Games, with the rivals holding their highest level face-to-face talks in five years. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Yun Tae-hyun) KOREA OUT The Associated Press”

The rumors are intensifying: has Kim Jong Un been toppled? Has the 31 year old North Korean president been deemed too sick to function as head of state? Does he have gout? Why is he limping, and where has he been for the past month?

Making matters more strange, Kim Jong Un’s second in command and Vice Marshal to the Korea’s People Army, Hwang Pyong-so, departed along with other high level officials for Seoul, South Korea yesterday.The purpose of this trip is reportedly to continue talks begun in February earlier this year between senior South Korean officials, with some calling it an opportunity for South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye, to repair poor relations.

The North Korean officials had a closed meeting with South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae and natural security director Kim Kwan-jin.

John Delury, an Asia specialist at Seoul’s Yonsei University, said: Historically, North-South breakthrough’s start from the top down, and if Park is serious that she wants to improve relations and jumpstart the reunification process, this is a golden opportunity.”

What’s especially suspicious is that Hwang is still, as far as the media knows, head of the secretive group Organization and Guidance Department (OGD), which used to work directly under late Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un’s father, who passed away in 2011. Vice News reported on Friday that Jan Jin-sung, an important member of OGD, declared in September North Korea to be “in the midst of a civil war,” with the group, he said, to have taken control of the country. He reportedly added, according to The Independent, “It’s not actually consciously civil war, but there are these two incompatible forces at play.”

Then Jang Jin-sung told CNN this past weekend: “The power holders in North Korea are the OGD. They are calling the shots and not the words of one man they do not know. Basically, they are no longer loyal to the ruling king’s word.”

According to nknews.org, it has been confirmed since the visit that more talks between North and South Korean officials will resume in late October or early November.

Zachery Bridgeman | News Cult

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