Ri Yong-ho (born October 5, 1942), also romanised as Ri Yong Ho, is a former North Korean military officer and was a member of the central presidium of the Workers' Party of Korea from September 2010 to July 2012.
Dismissal and possible death
On July 16, 2012, North Korean state media reported Yong-ho was relieved of all his Party duties, namely his Politburo Standing Committee membership, Politburo membership, and Party Central Military Commission vice-chairmanship, stating this move was due to unspecified illness. A spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Unification said the move was "very unusual". The meeting at which his removal was announced was attended by the entire Politburo standing committee, Politburo members and candidate members, making ill health seem implausibly minor. Yong-ho was replaced by Hyon Yong-chol in the role of the Chief of the General Staff.
On July 20, 2012, unconfirmed reports from North Korea alleged that Yong-ho had died or been injured in a firefight with Political Bureau troops. Some reports suggest that this may mark a shift in power between the political leadership and the armed forces, with the political leadership in the ascendant. In November 2012, some news came from China reported that Yong-ho was under house arrest and had been sentenced as counter-revolutionary.