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N. Korea's army chief Ri Yong-ho relieved of all posts
SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Monday that its army chief Ri Yong-ho, known as a confidant of leader Kim Jong-un, has been removed from all his posts because of his "illness."

   "A meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party decided to relieve Ri Yong-ho of all his posts for his illness," the North's Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch from Pyongyang.

The 70-year-old Ri was previously known as a key figure who helped Kim seize control of the military following the death of his father and former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il last December.