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Hyon Yong Chol Named North Korea's New Military Chief

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In this photo taken Sunday, April 15, 2012 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, waves as he walks past North Korean People's Army senior officers, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) | AP

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The official Korean Central News Agency says North Korea has named a new vice marshal.

Hyon Yong Chol was named vice marshal of the Korean People's Army, the official news agency said early Tuesday morning.

The appointment was made by the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and the National Defense Commission of North Korea, the agency said.

The announcement comes two days following the dismissal of Ri Yong Ho, a guardian figure who had appeared often at the side of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Ri was vice marshal of the Korean People's Army and the military's General Staff chief.

North Korea's official media reported Monday that Ri had been dismissed from several senior posts due to illness.

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