Here are some further changes going on in North Korea:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be weeding out his father’s generation of loyalists, a South Korean intelligence official said, forcibly retiring military officials aged 65 years old or above.
The move follows the unusually public purging of his uncle and former political protector, Jang Song-thaek, who is married to the sister of former leader Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un’s father.
“Under Kim Jong-un’s rule, North Korea replaced several high-ranking officials, a signal of a generational shift,” the official exclusively told the JoongAng Ilbo. “North Korea has set up a regulation to send soldiers aged 65 or older home.”
Usually, a military position was considered to be a lifelong job that people could hold on to until they were incapacitated.
“Since the death of Kim Jong-il, several senior military officials such as the minister of the People’s Armed Forces or the chief of the General Staff of the Army, were replaced almost every six months,” the official said. “Ahead of a full-fledge reshuffle, the regime is giving decent positions to officials in their 70s as a sort of gift before they are forcibly retired soon.”
Intelligence sources said the North has replaced more than 44 percent of its generals who have three or more stars. [Joong Ang Ilbo]
You can read more at the link but the Joong Ang Ilbo is calling this a purge of the old military loyalists. I call this more of a needed military reform because it is good to have mandatory retirement ages just like the US military has so promotions do not become stagnant for lower ranking soldiers. This announcement leads me to believe that lower ranking senior military leaders eager to move up in authority must be the ones siding with Kim Jong-un for these reforms. The question will be years from now if these military leaders will voluntarily retire at 65 or will they decide to stay on well into their old age like these generals forcibly retired did?