On March 24th, 2011, a high level North Korean source revealed that Kim Jong-un is gaining power over both personnel and financial management.
Kim Jong-un conducted a massive personnel shake-up of trading companies abroad in the February of 2011. Over ten older representatives have been replaced and brought home.
The source said, “Kim Jong-un has directed trading companies under the military’s control in Shenyang, Beijing and other cities to replace representatives in their 50s~60s with younger representatives in their 30s~40s.
“Kim Jong-un ordered replacement of agents in Shinjing Trading Company (under Political Bureau of the People's Army), Kangsung Trading Company’ (under Staff Bureau of the People's Army), and other trading companies under Munitions Mobilization Ministry to be managed by younger representatives in their 30s~40s” said the source.
By mid-March, about ten older representatives residing overseas had been returned to North Korea, and are now in domestic affairs. Even though they were promoted upon their return, their quality of life has been reduced significantly. Most representatives prefer to stay abroad because they can earn much money working in foreign countries than in North Korea.
The source also said, “This shake-up of overseas representatives is a step in Kim Jong-un gaining control of both personnel and financial affairs.”
In January, NKSIS reported that Kim Jong-un flexed his political muscle by reshuffling personnel in security areas, including Department of People’s Security and National Security Agency. He is now exercising his power to gain control over personnel of North Korean companies in foreign contries that are under military’s control. It appears that a process to extend Kim Jong-un’s political, economic, and military influences as the 3rd generation successor as the leader of North Korea has begun.
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