World Bulletin / News Desk
According to anonymous sources reporting to Reuters, North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil,
The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which comes a month after it sparked international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test.
A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told Reuters that Ri had been executed. The source declined to be identified, given the sensitivity of the matter.
Ri, who was chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) General Staff, was executed this month for corruption and factional conspiracy, according to Yonhap news agency and other South Korean media reported.