Up to september 2013, the Kim-Choe partnership had worked well. For the last ten years, Choe Ryong Hae had delivered the support from the army that Kim Jong Eun needed to purge this structure. Kim Jong Eun had also done the maximum to satisfy Choe Ryong Hae’s thirst for power, handling the political bureau of the Korean People’s Army for him and writing him into a high position in the army (Choe was a former 4 stars general).
However Kim Jong Eun didn’t tolerate a Choe cult. It was however brought to Kim Jong Eun that he had let Choe grow too powerful and that this posed a threat to the North Korean leader. It started with a harsh dispute between Kim Jong Eun, Kim Kyung Hee and Choe Ryong Hae. It’s a secret for nobody that Choe Ryong Hae was a lover for Kim Kyung Hee. Therefore the aunt of Kim Jong Eun became a key actor of the Choegate.
Kim Kyung Hee who was not publicly active since autumn 2013 was recently removed from Pyongyang. The next move was toward Choe Ryong Hae.
Therefore Choe Ryong Hae who was a former director of the Political Department of the KPA has been moved to a secretarial position within the Chosun Workers’ Party. Probably in the future he will lost his position and will finish like Jang.