Kim's increasing willingness to execute some of the most senior figures in his military would suggest the young leader is struggling to impose control. Analysts are beginning to wonder how much more the military will put up with. Ri Yong Gil, the chief of the General Staff of the North Korean military, has been executed according to Yonhap News Agency and Reuters. Young Kim has by now killed about a hundred senior figures in the regime in what is described as a “reign of extreme terror.” The military has borne the brunt of the punishments. Kim—he is thought to be about 33—can push too far, as many think he is at the point of doing.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.