Military chief Ri Yong Gil was the chief of the general staff for Kim Jong-un’s regime, after having been appointed to the role in August 2013.
Reports earlier this year suggested he had been executed following a series of allegations involving corruption.
It was also claimed that Gil was forming a political faction to rival dictator Kim Jong-un.
And reports of his demise only gathered pace when North Korea announced a new chief of staff, Ri Myong Su, in the weeks after the rumours surrounding Gil emerged.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesman Kwon Ki Hyun declined to confirm the report at the time.
However the story was put out by intelligence agencies working in South Korea.
They have now been left red-faced though, as Gil this morning was named as having been appointed to a new, high-ranking position for the Workers’ Party of Korea’s Central Committee.
The reshuffle has also seen many senior officials in the North Korean army demoted.
It is thought that Kim Jong-un has promoted young blood in a bid to solidify his position.