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N. Korea's Hyon demoted to general from vice marshal: report.

PYONGYANG/BEIJING, Dec. 30 Kyodo

Senior North Korean military officer Hyon Yong Chol has been demoted from the rank of vice marshal to a four-star general, according to a report by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

KCNA referred Hyon, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, as a KPA "general" when covering a speech he made at a national meeting Saturday in Pyongyang to mark the first anniversary Sunday of leader Kim Jong Un becoming supreme commander of the KPA.

Kim took power after the death of his father and longtime ruler Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, 2011.

Hyon had been promoted to a vice marshal in July.

South Korea media reported in October that he may have been demoted.

In a similar development, it was found recently that Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, had been demoted to a general from a vice marshal.

At Saturday's meeting at the April 25 House of Culture, Hyon called on the North's military and people to advance under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un, according to KCNA.

By always keeping an eye on anti-North Korea "war maneuvers of the U.S. imperialists and the South Korean warmongers," the KPA and North Korean people "will firmly guarantee the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula with an invincible military capacity and surely achieve the historic cause of national reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans," he was quoted as saying.
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