Key North Korean Leader Out

Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service / AP Photo

In a photo distributed by North Korean State Media, Kim Jong Il, wearing sunglasses at center, is pictured with, among others, son Kim Jong Un, second from left, and sister Kim Kyong Hui, second from right.

A top North Korean military official has been relieved from his various posts because he has fallen ill, the state-run media service reported Sunday. Ri Yong Ho, who served as both the vice marshal of the Korean People's Army and the General Staff chief of the military, was also a key aid to Kim Jong-un, the communist country's young leader who took over after his father's death in December. Because of the regime's "military first" policy, Ri wielded a great deal of power within North Korea. It wasn't immediately clear who will replace him.