Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com
Gen. O Kuk-Ryol, believed to have been behind production of counterfeit U.S. dollars and weapons of mass destruction, has re-emerged at the top of North Korea’s hierarchy following the execution of his long-time rival Jang Song-Thaek, sources and officials here said.
“O has been spotted frequently in North Korea’s media reports since the downfall of Jang,” a South Korean government official said.
The United Nations described O as “supervising the acquisition abroad of advanced technology for nuclear and ballistics programs” in a list of sanctioned North Korean officials in 2009.
O has long been believed to be a key figure behind the North’s production of counterfeit American currency and nuclear and missile programs as well as controlling a vast apparatus of special forces.
Just after Jang was arrested in mid-November, O returned to the public spotlight, he said.http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/01/30/powerful-general-tied-to-n-koreas-wmd-programs-takes-center-stage-following-jangs-demise/